Tennis Prize money payouts unfair

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  1. raiden031

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    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?
     
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  2. goober

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    I think what they really need to do is raise the payouts for futures and probably challengers as well. The payouts are so low that you really can't make a living if you are in the 200-500 range.

    With the slams I don't really have a problem the top heavy payouts since these are such big events. $16,500 for a first round lost is more than you get for winning a futures event. One futures event I saw the winner got a check for about $2,000 and she had to play qualies and grind it out in tough conditions against tough opponents.
     
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  3. tennisdad65

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    I agree

    in 2009, tennis players ranked in the 90-100 range made 100K-175K .. avg ~140K
    in 2009, golf players ranked in the 90-100 range made 600K-1.1M .. avg ~ 800K
    the above is my own brief research

    contrast it to the top level:
    in 2009, Fed/nadal/Novak/Del Potro made 3-6 million
    in 2009, PGA tour money leaders ranked 2-6 made 4-6 million (tiger ~10 mil)

    So, besides tiger, the top tennis players make as much as the top PGA tour players.. but there is a huge difference in the 90-100 range.
     
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  4. sureshs

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    Roughly speaking, it is an exponential scale, with doubling at each level.
     
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  5. jonnythan

    jonnythan Professional

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    There are 128 participants in the first round.

    So the first round pays out $2,112,000.
    Second round $1,696,000
    Third round $1,344,000
    Round of 16 $1,152,000
    Quarterfinals $1,120,000
    Semifinals $1,120,000
    Finals $1,800,000

    I'm not sure that's very top heavy.
     
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  6. jonnythan

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    Golf also rakes in tons more money overall than tennis.
     
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  7. sureshs

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    Yup, that is the obvious reason. Though I think OP's question was why the money is not divided more evenly. I would say a million bucks for the USO winner is peanuts in today's money, anything less looks bad for tennis.
     
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  8. cknobman

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    Well when you look at it like that you right. Never thought of it that way.
     
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  9. sureshs

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    Yeah same pie but more losers to share it in the lower rounds
     
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  10. jonnythan

    jonnythan Professional

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    I was actually counting wrong, because I was including the people who won each round. Those checks only go to the loser of each round.

    So the first round pays out $1,056,000.
    Second round $848,000
    Third round $672,000
    Round of 16 $576,000
    Quarterfinals $560,000
    Semifinals $560,000
    Runner-up $600,000
    Winner $1,200,000

    Still seems fairly equitable IMO.
     
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