US Open champions to take house much less prize cash in 2020

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2019, file photo, Rafael Nadal, of Spain, poses with the championship trophy after defeating Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, to win the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York. Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Regardless of a loss in income from holding its marquee occasion with out spectators amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Tennis Affiliation introduced Wednesday that its general compensation to gamers at this yr’s U.S. Open can be $53.four million — which is 93.three p.c of the roughly $57.2 million awarded in 2019.

The U.S. Open girls’s and males’s singles champions will every earn $three million, down $850,000 or 22 p.c from the highest prizes on the Grand Slam tennis match final yr, as a part of a lower of almost $four million in complete participant compensation in 2020.

Defending U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal stated Tuesday he didn’t need to journey in the course of the pandemic and wouldn’t be coming into the match. Ash Barty, the No. 1-ranked lady, can also be out of the sector.

The U.S. Open is ready to begin in New York on Aug. 31, as initially scheduled, which is 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 with no common revenue.

The ladies’s tour resumes this week in Palermo, Italy. The boys’s tour will choose up later this month.

First-round singles prize cash on the U.S. Open goes up 5 p.c, from $58,000 to $61,000 — the one stage the place there’s a bounce. 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 runners-up.

In doubles, the reduce is deeper: The ladies’s and males’s championship pairings will cut up $400,000, a drop of 46 p.c from final yr’s $740,000.

This yr’s complete contains $1 million given to a beforehand introduced participant aid 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 the dimension of the doubles fields.

USTA chief government Mike Dowse stated the match’s participant compensation this yr “represents a dedication to supporting gamers and their monetary well-being throughout an unprecedented time.”

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