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Five Facts To Show How Absurd Ash Barty’s WTA Finals Prize Money Earnings Is

Here is why Barty’s win in Shenzhen is so significant for the world of sport.

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Ashleigh Barty - WTA Finals Shenzhen 2019 (foto via Twitter, @WTAFinals)

Ash Barty isn’t just the queen of the 2019 WTA Finals. She is a very rich queen of the end-of-season extravaganza.

 

On Sunday the world No.1 became the first Australian player to win the tournament since 1976. Disposing of last year’s champion, Elina Svitolina, in straight sets. This season marks the start of a 10-year deal, where the tournament will be held in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Under the agreement, a record prize money pool was implemented. Barty, who won four out of five matches played over the week, has earned $4,420,000. According to data provided by SAP Sports, she spent a total of eight hours and 52 minutes on the court throughout the championships. Meaning that for every hour played in China, she earned an estimated $490,000.

“It’s been an incredible season. Money aside, it kind of means nothing to me. I know I have the love and the support of my family.” Barty said in her press conference.
“I try and work hard every single day to chase my dreams. Regardless of how many zeros is sitting in my bank account, it doesn’t change the way I live my life, who I am and how I live as a person.’
“I think even though it’s incredible, we’re breaking records this week in particular, putting tennis on the map, putting WTA tennis on the map. I feel like we’ve earned that right to be recognized more as a global sport. For me, it doesn’t change a thing regardless of what is sitting in the bank account.”

Despite winning the biggest prize money payment from a tournament in the history of the sport, Barty isn’t showing any signs of going on a massive spending spree. Joking that she is ‘boring’ when it comes to spending cash.

“I’m pretty boring. I don’t really spend a lot on myself.” She said.
“I obviously like to spoil my family. I’m in a position where I can spoil my niece and nephew. But I’m certainly not one that lives an extravagant lifestyle. I’m pretty happy in my little house at home. I’ve got everything that I need.”

Nevertheless, it shouldn’t be underestimated just how surreal Barty’s $4.42M payment is.

Here are five things to know about Barty’s prize money goldmine.

1. It equates almost 30% of her career earnings

As of October 21st, 2019, Barty’s career prize money stood at $12,095,667. As a result of her latest triumph, her tally rises to $16,515,667. This means that 26.7% of her prize money earnings are from her triumph at the WTA Finals. As for Barty’s earnings in 2019 alone, Shenzhen accounts for 61% of it ($4,420,000 out of $11,307, 587).

2. It is more than any grand slam winner has ever earned

This year saw prize money increases at every grand slam tournament. However, the singles champions of any of those four majors (male or female) still didn’t claim as much as Barty did. The closest was the US Open, but it was still over $500,000 less than Barty’s payment.

Prize money awarded to the singles champions of the 2019 grand slams

  • Australian Open: 2.9M (CNBC)
  • French Open 2.62 M (Bleacher report)
  • Wimbledon 3.06M (CNN)
  • US Open 3.85M (official site)

NOTE: based on American dollars

3. Almost one in three top 30 players on the WTA Tour has earned less in their entire careers

Incredibly, if world No.1 never played an entire professional tournament except Shenzhen this year, her career prize money of $4.42M would still be more than nine players currently ranked in the top 30. Below is the list of players who has made less than that amount (as of 21 October 2019).

  • (No.12) Sofia Kenin USA $2,616,692
  • (No.16) Marketa Vondrousova CZE $3,055,580
  • (No.20) Donna Vekic CRO $4,000,896
  • (No.21) Amanda Anisimova USA $1,560,150
  • (No.22) Maria Sakkari GRE $2,709,584
  • (No.24) Dayana Yastremska UKR $1,499,077
  • (No.26) Karolina Muchova CZE $1,194,382
  • (No.29) Wang Qiang CHN $4,350,109*Ranking as of 3/11/19

4. Other sports are in admiration

Earlier this year Egan Bernal became the first Latin American to win the Tour de France. A 21-stage cycling race that is more than 2000 miles long. However, Bernal won an estimated $557,000. Working out at just over one eighth of what Barty earned. Cycling isn’t the only sport to be outdone by the WTA Tour :-

  • Winner of The 2019 Masters (golf) – $2,070,000
  • Winner of the 2019 Cricket World Cup – $4,000,000
  • Winner of the 2019 Tour de France – $557,000 (estimate based on 500,000 euros)
  • 2019 World snooker champion – $646,800 (estimate conversion rate of £500,000)
  • An individual gold medallist at the 2019 IAAF World Championships (athletics) – $80,000

5. Barty has earned more than the three most recent Masters 1000 winners combined

On Sunday Novak Djokovic won the final Masters tournament of the year in Paris. Defeating Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. Prior to him, Daniil Medvedev triumphed in Cincinnati and Shanghai. Both of which are in the same tournament category as Paris. Yet, on financial terms, it has nothing of Barty.

Cincinnati Champion – Medvedev (won $1,114,225)
Shanghai champion – Medvedev (won $1,374,995)
Paris Champion – Djokovic (won $1,111,969)*
TOTAL = $3,601,189 ($818,811 less than Barty)

*Estimate conversion of 995,720 euros.

NOTE: Figures used in article is American dollars based on media sources and conversion rates

 

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REPORT: Madrid Open To Be Axed Amid COVID-19 Concerns In Latest Setback For Tennis

Hopes of Spain holding their top tennis event in 2020 are over.

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The world of tennis is set to suffer another severe blow with multiple media sources confirming that organisers of Spain’s most prestigious tennis tournament will officially cancel their event on Tuesday. 

 

The Mutua Madrid Open will be removed from the 2020 calendar following a meeting involving tournament owner Iron Tiriac. Recently doubts have been cast on the event after local health officials called for it to be suspended due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Although the final decision was up to Tiriac and his team. It had been due to take place between September 12 to 20, following the conclusion of the US Open. 

“We have to be realistic now, we have to accept that health is always the priority. We must not endanger anyone, neither the fans, nor the players, nor the staff, all those who come to Madrid in September,” tournament director Feliciano Lopez told L’Equipe over the weekend. 

Spain has seen their rate of COVID-19 cases rapidly rise since the country ended its lockdown. According to El Pais, the number of cases recorded within 24 hours is eight times the amount compared to 40 days ago. Rising from 334 (June 20) to 2,789 (between July 29 and 30). On Friday July 31st there were 3092 new cases in the country in what is a post-lockdown record.

Held at the Caja Magica, the Madrid Open is a key event for both men and women. It is currently classed as a Masters 1000 for the men and as a Premier Mandatory for the women. Last year each of the singles champions took home €1,202,520 in prize money. It was originally set to be played in May but was postponed due to the pandemic.

The demise of Madrid this year is another setback for what is becoming a rapidly thinning 2020 tennis calendar. Within the past two weeks China has confirmed that they will not be hosting any tournaments this year, Japan’s scrapped it’s premier women’s event and the Italian Open has been advised to not allow any fans to their event this year. 

As a result of the latest development, only two WTA clay-court events will take place after the US Open leading up to Roland Garros. They are both set to get underway on September 21st in Rome and Strasbourg. As for the men, Rome will be their only point of call. 

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Fate Of Madrid Open To Be Decided This Week

Spain’s most prestigious tennis tournament looks to be in serious danger of getting the axe following recent developments.

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There will be a final decision regarding this year’s Madrid’s Open within the next couple of days but hopes of the tournament going ahead are low, according to its tournament director.

 

Feliciano Lopez has spoken out about the current situation in an interview with the L’Equipe newspaper on Saturday. The mixed tournament has been thrown into doubt after the local council said it would be “inadvisable” for the tournament to be played in September because of the “health risks involved for the public, organization, and players.” Spain is currently experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases amid concerns of a second wave. On Friday there were 3092 new cases in the country in what is a post-lockdown record.

“We were confident two months ago that the tournament would take place. The situation has worsened in the last two or three weeks in the Madrid region, not just in the city of Madrid, but in the whole region,” Lopez told L’Equipe.
“We have to be realistic now, we have to accept that health is always the priority. We must not endanger anyone, neither the fans, nor the players, nor the staff, all those who come to Madrid in September.”

A decision is set to be made within “two or three days” by tournament owner Ion Tiriac and Super Slam Ltd, the tournament’s licence holder. Tiriac is a Romanian billionaire businessman who is also a former tennis player. He won the 1970 French Open doubles title with compatriot Ilie Nastase.

Weighing up its chances, Lopez admits that he ‘isn’t optimistic’ that the Madrid Open will be able to go ahead. The event is currently classed as a Masters 1000 for the men and as a Premier Mandatory for the women. It was originally set to be played in May but was postponed due to the pandemic.

We are not very optimistic now. We were very positive a few weeks ago. We have a very good protocol, everything is ready, we worked hard to make the event take place, because it is also very important to offer tournaments to the players today.” Said Lopez.
“Last week, we had meetings with the government. Their recommendation is to cancel all events now during the summer. Of course, the decision is ours, it will be Ion’s. We have to work with everyone, the government, the ATP, the WTA and make the best decision for everyone. But we must also listen to the recommendations of the authorities, see how the situation is developing this week.”
He added.

Held on clay at the Caja Magica, the Madrid Open has been a combined event for the men and women since 2009. Last year Novak Djokovic and Kiki Bertens won the singles titles with them each taking home €1,202,520 in prize money.

Besides having the responsibility of the Madrid Open, world No.56 Lopez is continuing his career on the Tour at the age of 38. Questioned about the remaining 2020 season, the Spaniard admits there is a lot of uncertainty for all players. Tournament across Asia have already been cancelled due to the virus and recently the Italian Open was told at present they can’t allow fans to their tournament, which takes place the week after Madrid’s slot.

This season is already completely lost. But what will happen next year, when we still don’t have a vaccine? The situation will be exactly the same as now if we don’t have a vaccine! When is it going to end, I don’t know.” Lopez concluded.

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‘Think Of Others For Once’ – Nick Kyrgios Issues Warning To Rivals As He Withdraws From US Open

The world No.40 has once again took a swipe at Novak Djokovic’s ‘money-grabbing’ Adria Tour.

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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has said he is pulling out of the US Open in respect of those in his home country as well as America who has lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The former top-20 player published a video outlining his reason for withdrawing from the event on the social media accounts of athlete empowerment brand Uninterrupted. During the video he once again made a swipe at Novak Djokovic and others over their ‘selfish’ involvement in the controversy-stricken Adria Tour. Which was criticised for a lack of anti-COVID measures before an outbreak of the virus among players and coaching staff occurred. Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Vikor Troicki all got infected.

“You can’t be dancing on tables, money-grabbing your way around Europe or trying to make a quick buck, hosting an exhibition. That’s just so selfish. Think of the other people for once. That’s what this virus is about,” he said.
“It doesn’t care about your world ranking or how much money you have. Act responsibly.”

Kyrgios has stated that he isn’t critical of the decision made by the United States Tennis Association to hold the event this year. Which will have on offer 90% of the prize money that was available during the 2019 tournament. Under strict measures, the tournament will be held behind closed doors for the first time in history with players kept in what is being described as a ‘protective bubble.’

“I have got no problem with the USTA putting on the US Open and if players want to go, that’s up to them, so long as everyone acts appropriately and acts safely,” he stated.
“No-one wants people to keep their jobs more than me.’
“I am speaking for the guy who works in the restaurants, the cleaners and the locker room attendants. These are the people who need their jobs back the most and fair play to them.”

The announcement comes shortly after women’s world No.1 Ash Barty announced that she wouldn’t be playing due to coronavirus concerns. Another Australian player, Alexi Popryin, have previously said he would not attend the event. Furthermore, Chinese world No.29 Wang Qiang has pulled out due to ‘travel and safety concerns.’

“To those players who have been observing the rules and acting selflessly, I say good luck to you. Play at your own risk, and I have no problem with that,” said Kyrgios.

The withdrawal ends Kyrgios’ streak of seven consecutive main draw appearance at Flushing Meadows. His best rest was reaching the third round on four separate occasions (2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019). Overall he has won eight out of 15 matches played in New York.

This year’s US Open will get underway on August 31st.

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