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Madrid Open Champions To Earn More Than 70% Less In Prize Money

UbiTennis takes a look at the money that will be up for grabs in Madrid and how it compares to the last time the tournament was held.



This year’s Madrid Open has slashed their prize money pool by 60% compared to two years ago with the 2021 champions getting just over a quarter of what they would have earned in 2019.

The combined event is categorised as a WTA 1000 for women and a ATP 1000 masters for the men. It is Spain’s most prestigious tournament in terms of status with most of the world’s best players taking part. Although one notable absence is reigning champion Novak Djokovic who announced his withdrawal on Tuesday. The Madrid Open didn’t take place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The combined prize money pool is €5,228,930 which works out as a 60% drop compared to what was offered in 2019. Like other events around the world, the sharp decline is related to the financial implications caused by the pandemic. This year’s Miami Open also reduced their total payout by 65.65% compared to 12 months before.

Unlike some other tournaments, all rounds of the Madrid Open will be offering less prize money than their previous edition with the biggest cut coming at the very top. The 2021 men’s and women’s champion will each take home €315,160 which is a fall of 73.79%. In 2019 winners Djokovic and Kiki Bertens earned €1,202,520. Players who reach the third round or further this year will see more than a 50% drop. Even those who lose in the first round will take home 36.7% less.

Any post-covid event is a daily fight,” tournament director Feliciano Lopez told “The sponsors have responded in an incredible way in a difficult situation for everyone. I appreciate it to all of them. It (the pandemic) complicates everything a lot, for the players and the public.

The Madrid Open will be held in front of a reduced crowd (40% of its usual capacity) due to COVID-19 restrictions. Regular temperature checks and social distance monitoring will also be in force. If that wasn’t enough for officials to contend with, they also have to abide by the city’s 11pm curfew. Meaning it is possible that some matches may have to be paused whilst fans are evacuated from the venue.

“We have always been an innovative and courageous tournament and it is the way to show that little by little we can return to normality,” said Lopez. “And give a positive image to people so that they can think that they can watch tennis and enjoy the best tennis. It is an important step coming from what we come from. It is what we want to show. You can enjoy life responsibly. It is the message.”

The Madrid Open main draw will start on Wednesday with the women’s tournament. World No.1 Ash Barty, Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens, Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina will all be playing on the opening day.

Madrid Open prize money: 2019 Vs 2021

Third Round€80,620€36,400-54.85%
Second Round€42,220€22,720-46.19%
First Round€23,790€15,060-36.70%
source: Perfect Tennis/ATP/WTA

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing



Emma Raducanu - Cincinnati 2022 (foto Twitter @cincytennis)

Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

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Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
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A week after losing her fourth round match at the French Open, a government minister has confirmed that Elina Avanesyan is in the process of changing the nationality of who she plays for. 

The 21-year-old is switching her aligence from Russia to Armenia, according to Armenia’s deputy Minister of International Affairs and communication. Karen Giloyan has told the news agency Armenpress that Avanesyan will soon be representing his country. However, the tennis player has yet to comment on the matter.  Avanesyan was born in Russia but has Armenian parents.

“Elina Avanesyan will compete under the Armenian flag, but there is nothing official yet. We are waiting for her to get the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia so that everything will be official,” Giloyan told Armenpress.

Such a development would be a massive coup for the Armenian tennis federation which currently doesn’t have a player ranked inside the top 500 on either the men’s or women’s Tour. The country has a population of less than 3M. Perhaps their best-known player is Sargis Sargsian who reached the top 40 back in 2004. Others on the Tour also have Armenian heritage but don’t represent the country such as Karen Khachanov.  

Avanesyan is currently ranked 78th in the world, which is 18 places below her career high. This season, she has scored high-profile wins over Maria Sakkari at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur in Charleston and Qinwen Zhang at the French Open. 

She has yet to play in the final of a WTA tournament.

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