Turning pro just got a little harder

Did you know 14,000 people play professional tennis annually, with about half not making any prize money at all?

The ITF was apparently perturbed by this realization. And the result is a radical restructuring of the entry-level Futures events and the criteria that qualifies a player to call himself a professional.

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The goal is to redistribute more of the prize money toward the more successful Futures players while cutting down on the number of events and players, in the hope of curbing corruption at the lowest levels of pro tennis.

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