COVID, Playing Without Fans Forces Major Pay Cut On U.S. Open Winner

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The winners of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament will see a pay cut to the tune of $850,000 at this year’s tournament thanks to COVID and the lack of fans in the stands, according to USTA. In a statement this week, the USTA stated players would be compensated a total of $53.4 million, down about 5% from 2019, but the organization will be paying first round players a 5% pay increase — to $61,000 from $58,000.

The USTA says the pay increase for those participating “represents a commitment to supporting players and their financial well-being during an unprecedented time.” In other words, here’s extra money for showing up so we can have a solid tournament during COVID times.

The other bads news, besides the pay cut for the winner, is the list of players who won’t be participating:  Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Ashleigh Barty, Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens. Meanwhile,  Andy Murray and Kim Clijsters received wild cards to participate.

2020 U.S. Open pay scale:

Winner: $3,000,000
Runner-Up: $1,500,000
Semifinalist: $800,000
Quarterfinalist: $425,000
Round of 16: $250,000
Round of 32: $163,000
Round of 64: $100,000
Round of 128: $61,000

Doubles (each team):
Winner: $400,000
Runner-Up: $240,000
Semifinalist: $130,000
Quarterfinalist: $91,000
Round of 16: $50,000
Round of 32: $30,000

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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