Originally Posted by andfor
What is it? College players can take up to $10K per yr. in prize money?
Yes, you are absolutely correct, but, if the best athletes in the US are to be attracted to the sport, I wonder if a $10,000 per year limit is really enough to attract them, given the prohibitive costs and risks of developing a talented tennis player. In tennis, the prize money is collected only if
the player wins. The great appeal of team sports are the collective bargaining agreements that guarantee that players are paid a minimum salary regardless of how well they perform at the game and even when they are injured and can't play. An injury to a young tennis player or a fledgling pro can be costly if they don't recover quickly. In the world of tennis, the hard and cold rule is "No play, no pay."
NCAA Rules and Regulations
188.8.131.52.2 Exception for Prize Money Prior to Full-Time Collegiate Enrollment—Tennis.
In tennis, prior to full-time collegiate enrollment, an individual may accept up to $10,000 per calendar year
in prize money based on his or her place finish or performance in open athletics events (events that are not
invitation only). Such prize money may be provided only by the sponsor of an open event in which the
individual participates. Once the individual has reached the $10,000 limit in a particular year, he or she
may receive additional prize money on a per-event basis, provided such prize money does not exceed the
individual’s actual and necessary expenses for participation in the event. The calculation of actual and necessary expenses shall not include the expenses or fees of anyone other than the individual (e.g., coach’s fees or
expenses, parent’s expenses). (Adopted: 4/26/12)