More than 650 people have signed a petition calling for struggling tennis players to be given financial help during the coronavirus crisis.

Professional tennis was suspended earlier this month and will not resume until at least 7 June.

While the shutdown will not be easy for anyone, for players below the ATP and WTA Tours who often live hand to mouth, the concerns are more serious than simply how to stay fit and pass the time.

Georgian player Sofia Shapatava was so worried about the situation she set up a petition on calling for support from the International Tennis Federation, ATP and WTA.

Shapatava, ranked 371, said: "I had many conversations with my colleagues and friends about their plans for the upcoming months. Lower-ranked tennis players have no savings and it is a very hard topic.

"Usually everyone makes money on the side by coaching or club matches or prize-money tournaments but, in this situation, countries are on lockdown so there is no way to get additional income. We have no security, nor does anyone take care of us.

"I am worried indeed. I am sure I can put food on the table. But nobody stopped bills and we still have to pay for everything every month, and it is very hard to do when you stay without income completely for a couple of months.

"And, even if I have some money, I know many others who don't know how to support themselves more than a week or two. Also many people will quit to play as, after spending all the last cents on surviving, not many will be able to just go and travel again."

The ITF is likely to discuss the issue as a matter of urgency, while ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said: "Our ability to address any supportive measures will be best guided once we know the duration of the crisis and when the Tour will resume."