Despite a loss in income from holding its marquee occasion with out spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic, the US Tennis Association introduced Wednesday that its general compensation to gamers at this 12 months’s US Open will likely be $53.four million — which is 93.3% of the roughly $57.2 million awarded in 2019.
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 match final 12 months, a part of a lower of practically $four million in complete participant compensation in 2020.
Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal mentioned Tuesday he didn’t need to journey in the course of the pandemic and wouldn’t be getting into the match. Also out of the sector: Ash Barty, the No. 1-ranked girl.
The US Open is ready to begin in New York on August 31, as initially scheduled, one thing uncommon in the world of sports activities this 12 months. Professional tennis was suspended in March due to the pandemic, leaving many gamers, coaches and others with no common earnings.
The ladies’s tour resumed this week in Palermo, Italy. The males’s tour will decide up later this month.
First-round singles prize money on the US Open goes up 5%, from $58,000 to $61,000, the one degree the place there’s a soar. 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 in the fourth, from $500,000 to $425,000 in the quarterfinals, from $960,000 to $800,000 in the semifinals, and from $1.9 million to $1.5 million for the runner-up.
In doubles, the reduce is deeper: The ladies’s and males’s championship pairings will break up $400,000, a drop of 46% from final 12 months’s $740,000.
This 12 months’s complete contains $1 million given to a beforehand introduced participant aid program collectively funded by the 4 Grand Slam tournaments, the International 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 measurement of the doubles fields.
USTA chief govt Mike Dowse mentioned the match’s participant compensation this 12 months “represents a commitment to supporting players and their financial well-being during an unprecedented time.”