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The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has announced new partnerships with mental health charity Sporting Chance and health company Headspace to support its players and staff.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ATP has launched a number of initiatives to support its players including the opportunity to learn new skills through learning platform Coursera.
The most recent sees ATP form a new working relationship with Sporting Chance, which was founded by former Arsenal and England football captain Tony Adams. Sporting Chance works specifically with professional and elite athletes to allow them to confide confidentially and discuss their well-being and mental health.
The deal will allow ATP members to contact Sporting Chance's helpline 24-hours a day, and speak to its team of therapists. Expected concerns are the psychological effects caused by COVID-19 and not being able to play tennis, as well as anxiety and depression due to sporting injuries. Headspace, the company which runs the popular app of the same name, focuses on mindfulness, meditation and mental fitness.
This partnership will allow all ATP members and employees free Headspace Plus subscriptions, giving them content around mindful movement, sleep and meditation.