Paris — With careers spent scratching around dusty outposts, sometimes with “just $100” in their pockets, tennis’s unheralded army of foot soldiers say they are struggling to afford food after being made unemployed overnight by the coronavirus pandemic.

Now Georgian player Sofia Shapatava is pleading with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to dig deep and help out the hundreds of players who lost their livelihoods when the men’s and women’s tours went into a three-month lockdown...

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