Djokovic, Nadal, Thiem, Medvedev, Zverev and Tsitsipas are all playing Cincinnati so I'm not sure how a Top 150 player can "win it and jump".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.
The early rounds' prize money seems to be more than last year's. It's not much, but maybe it is for the journeymen players.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.