It could be sensational news: the board of Flushing Meadows would be making an incredible decision regarding the controversial and still in doubt 2020 edition of the US Open.
In fact rumors said that the organizers of the New York Slam could disqualify the players in which team there are positive people to the swab for Covid-19.
It would be a really strong decision, as, as seen both at the Adria Tour (without security protocols), and at the Palermo WTA (with very strict security protocols), both tennis players and their team staff could get infected with the coronavirus.
The new US Open rule would serve to ensure that participants in the 2020 edition are ready to comply with very strict safety protocols, right from the start for New York. However, the edition is still in doubt: many top players have already decided to decline the American trip, while the presence of other stars, such as the defendig champion Rafael Nadal, is still in doubt.
Western and Southern Open reduces its prize money
The Western and Southern Open men's tournament prize money suffered a drop of over 30%: it will pass from $ 6 million last year to 4.2 million for this edition. This season the ATP / WTA combined event will take place exceptionally at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, and it will obviously be withouth crowd; there will be almost all the top players, but for someone the presence is still in doubt.
The reduction of the prize money will not be homogeneous but will vary according to the round that will be achieved, with an increase in earnings for the first few rounds compared to 2019. This reduction in prize money currently involves only the men's tournament, but a reduction seems inevitable also for the women's tournament that in the meantime has issued the list of participants, with several illustrious absentees.
It is clear that the long suspension of competitive activities has had a greater impact on the low-ranking tennis players, certainly not on those who continuously arrive at the bottom of the tournaments, and therefore the organizers have thought of compensating by cutting the prizes of those who arrive at the bottom, in order to save some resources for those who dispute only the qualifications or stop in the first rounds.
For example, for those who reach the second qualifying round or the second round of the main draw, there will be about $ 4,000 more than in 2019, while the winner will settle for $ 285,000, a quarter of the $ 1,114,225 pocketed by Medvedev 12 months ago.