So I think the prize money payouts for pro tennis is very unfair to the lower ranked players. Here is the base prize money payouts from the USO 2009. Winner $ 1,200,000 Runners-Up $ 600,000 Semifinalists $ 280,000 Quarterfinalists $ 140,000 Round of 16 $ 72,000 Third Round $ 42,000 Second Round $ 26,500 First Round $ 16,500 I think it is way too top-heavy. Ok I certainly agree that advancing farther into the tournament deserves more money. But really is it fair if you go 6-1, that you should get paid half as much as someone who goes 7-0? Its just unfair that the payout pretty much doubles for each round, even though you don't play double the number of matches each round. Now keep in mind I think the point system should be top-heavy such that winning a slam is huge for points, but payout shouldn't be. Every team sport basically has even the worst players making a very good living, whereas tennis completely screws the lower ranked players. Does anyone think tennis would attract better athletes (especially here in the US where tennis talent is scarce) if the payouts were better distributed?