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Major overhaul of prize money distribution at 2020 'Cincinnati' in New York.
The overall prize money reduced by $1.8 million in comparison to last year, the biggest slash is at the top — this year's champion will earn just a quarter of Medvedev's 2019 prize check and even less than Agassi did in 1996!
Qualifiers and R1/R2 losers will get more than in previous years though.
As result, winner to R1 loser $$$ ratio in 2020 will be only 11 to 1. It was 50 to 1 in 2019.



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Interesting, I think it is good to reduce the budget of the tournament as they won't get any ticketing. The major difference is for the top 8 of the tournament, and for the players who use to lose in the first rounds, it is about the same, so it is a good distribution.
 

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Yeah, it's fair . US ' s socialist now . The devil must be descending upon us . The terror .
 

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Great ratios actually. Should always be like this. 50-1 is a joke
 

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Two thoughts:

1) This is a sign of our times
2) I don't think it's too little, on the contrary - still a hell load of money
 

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theres a pandemic yep prize money needs to be cutback temporarily
 

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Qualifiers and R1/R2 losers will get more than in previous years though.
As result, winner to R1 loser $$$ ratio in 2020 will be only 11 to 1. It was 50 to 1 in 2019.

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For the best but if a lower-ranked player actually wins this, he's going to be pissed.
 

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The main issue was that early round losers didn’t get enough so its good they’re making an effort to fix that. Early round losers might seem irrelevant but you gotta realize you gotta be a damn good player to even make it in tourneys like that.
 

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Based on total prize money reduction, I’d guess they get about 60 to 70 percent of their income from crowds - ticket sales, merchandise, food, drinks, parking, etc. I wonder what the percentage is for the US Open. TV rights and sponsorship have to be pretty substantial.
 

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Apparently a lot of top players are backing down from the tournament, probably after hearing the prize cuts.


Great news for lower ranked players if they are bumping up their prizes though, has to be said -- maybe we should support them, if it is the case.
 

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Apparently a lot of top players are backing down from the tournament, probably after hearing the prize cuts.


Great news for lower ranked players if they are bumping up their prizes though, has to be said -- maybe we should support them, if it is the case.
Even more of an opportunity for someone lower ranked to snatch 1000 points and some huge prize money. If I am ranked in the top 150, this is a huge chance. Anyone in the top 150 can jump into the top 30 by winning Cincy which seems to be depleted. Top players can afford not to play, lower ranked cannot
 

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Everyone would play this tourney, and at reduced prize money, if they didn't have the stupid rule that your 2019 points carry over to 2020.

The point rule is discouraging players from playing, although since there are no fans I guess the tourneys don't care either way.
 

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Great move but could dissuade top guys from playing
Disagree. How much does Olympics pay? Big 4 showed up at Olympics whenever they can when they were fit to play tennis.

P.S. 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal was estimated to be worth $532, approximately.

Based on total prize money reduction, I’d guess they get about 60 to 70 percent of their income from crowds - ticket sales, merchandise, food, drinks, parking, etc. I wonder what the percentage is for the US Open. TV rights and sponsorship have to be pretty substantial.
From the 2017 US Open figures:
Ticket sales - 36%
Broadcasting - 36%
Sponsorships - 19%
Merchandise - 9% (30M/335M)

 
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