Regardless of a loss in income from holding its marquee occasion with out spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic, the US Tennis Affiliation introduced Wednesday that its total compensation to gamers at this yr’s US Open can be $53.four million – […]
The US Open ladies’s and males’s singles champions will every earn $Three million, down $850,000 – or 22% – from the highest prizes on the Grand Slam tennis event final yr, a part of a lower of practically $four million in whole participant compensation in 2020.
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Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal mentioned Tuesday he did not need to journey throughout the pandemic and wouldn’t be getting into the event. Additionally out of the sphere: Ash Barty, the No. 1-ranked lady.
The US Open is about to begin in New York on Aug. 31, as initially scheduled, one thing uncommon on the planet of sports activities this yr. Skilled tennis was suspended in March due to the pandemic, leaving many gamers, coaches and others and not using a common revenue.
The ladies’s tour resumed this week in Palermo, Italy. The lads’s tour will decide up later this month.
First-round singles prize cash on the US Open goes up 5%, from $58,000 to $61,000, the one degree the place there’s a leap. Paychecks for gamers who attain the second spherical ($100,000) or third spherical ($163,000) will stay the identical.
The prizes then lower in every spherical of singles: from $280,000 to $250,000 within the fourth, from $500,000 to $425,000 within the quarterfinals, from $960,000 to $800,000 within the semifinals, and from $1.9 million to $1.5 million for the runner-up.
In doubles, the minimize is deeper: The ladies’s and males’s championship pairings will break up $400,000, a drop of 46% from final yr’s $740,000.
This yr’s whole contains $1 million given to a beforehand introduced participant reduction program collectively funded by the 4 Grand Slam tournaments, the Worldwide Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA excursions – to assist with the monetary results of the COVID-19 pandemic – together with $6.6 million to make up for the USTA’s cancellation of its qualifying occasions and a discount in dimension of the doubles fields.
USTA chief govt Mike Dowse mentioned the event’s participant compensation this yr “represents a dedication to supporting gamers and their monetary well-being throughout an unprecedented time.”