Men’s and Women’s Tennis Associations – ATP and WTA – have announced plans to reduce the prize pool in competitions held under their auspices before the end of this year. This is reported by American journalist Christopher Clary.
WTA will reduce prize money in International Series tournaments by 18%, and in the most prestigious competitions in the Premier Mandatory category, by 32%. The prize pool reduction for Premier and Premier 5 tournaments will be more than 18%, but less than 32%. The ATP did not give specific figures but reported that, on the contrary, they would cut the prize pool of the ATP 250 and ATP 500 tournaments more than the Masters. The fund may be increased if spectators are allowed to attend the stands.
Clary argues that the ATP and WTA plan to hold challengers for at least two weeks to compensate for the cancellation of US Open qualifications so that players who qualify for the ranking could receive points and prize money. Qualifications have been withdrawn due to the coronavirus pandemic.