The issue of prize money on the tennis tour has come up several times in recent years, with several players thinking that more prize money should go to players in the early rounds of tournaments. Australian Darren Cahill, the coach of former World No.
1 Simona Halep, pointed out the same when he posted a tweet talking about the disproportionate amount of the WTA Dubai Premier event prize money where he pointed out that the semi-finalist earned a four-time jump over the quarter-finalists.
His tweet led to several other players also providing their inputs, including Halep herself, Nicole Gibbs, Bruno Soares, Vasek Pospisil and Sam Groth. Here is a look at Cahill's tweet and the reaction from the players.
I’m all for delivering more prizemoney to players at Grand Slams but the @atptour & @WTA need to fix their own % breakdowns to help lower ranked. There is too much money at the top. Prizemoney basically doubles every round at all events.
Let’s also take a moment to acknowledge that in this case “lower ranked” applies to the 31st ranked player in the world (the cut for that event).
Rest of us making pennies.
— Nicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) February 24, 2020
I saw that jump Darren....and just didn’t understand.
I thought it a misprint.
And how about the prize money in challengers. No wonder some are targeted by the gaming industry. This is the breakdown from a 48 draw challenger in Canada last week pic.twitter.com/YzvY2ajC38 — Andrew Castle (@AndrewCastle63) February 24, 2020
Completely agree, Darren!Tournaments want to showcase the PM pay for the winner.
Naturally, it becomes disproportionate along the way. Players side has been pushing to fix this... — Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) February 24, 2020
Hey Gaby, Darren and I talked about this and I agree with what he says 👍 — Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) February 24, 2020