Payouts rule for players at the COVID-19 edition of the US Open, with both champions still promised USD 3 million jackpots.
The event which is scheduled to start on August 31 without holder Rafael Nadal and women’s No. 1 Ash Barty among others, is set to reward participants with 95 percent of 2019’s record prize pool – despite the US federation likely set to lose millions at the no-fan fortnight.
The lure of a massive payday might make the difference to any competitors on the fence about spending several weeks in the world’s hotspot for virus infections, with almost 5 million.
Tennis has been shut down since March, with the WTA resuming only this week and the ATP due for a return later in the month.
“We’re proud to be able to offer a player compensation package that maintains nearly 95 percent of the prize pool from 2019,” USTA boss Mike Dowse said Wednesday in a release.
“Prize money distribution .. represents a commitment to supporting players and their financial well-being during an unprecedented time.”
The USD 53.4 million event will earmark USD 7.6 million for player relief after five months of Tour inactivity.
First-round losers will come out slightly ahead with a healthy USD 61,000 payout compared to last year’s USD 58,000. All doubles prize money remains at 2019 levels.