WTA will have the same categories of ATP tournaments! A sensational turning point changes the rules of WTA tournaments, linking them with ATP tournaments: a revolution that could anticipate, in the near future, an almost total alignment between ATP and WTA Tour, and which could also involve prize money and other details concerning the organization of tournaments.
The news was shared by the Spanish newspaper Marca. There will be no more Premier Mandatory, Premier 5, Premier and Internationa. WTA Tour events should have the same elements as ATP events: there will therefore be WTA 1000, 500, 250 AND 125K.
The Premier Mandatory and Premier 5 tournaments will offer 1000 points, as will the ATP Masters 1000. The WTA Premier will be 500 points and the International 250 points. In the WTA 1000 category there should therefore be Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Beijing, Doha / Dubai, Rome, Rogers Cup, Cincinnati and Wuhan.
The official WTA Tour is now awaited: will it be a new decisive step towards the colimaizone between the two tennis Tours?
Wimbledon got the insurance!
When the tournament was canceled in April, at the height of the Covid crisis, it emerged that Wimbledon would be written off by insurance that had a specific pandemic clause.
It was initially thought that this would involve a payment of just over £ 100 million, but after months of negotiations it has proved to be a huge underestimation. Given that sources say insurance costs around £ 1.5 million a year, the maintenance of the policy by the club's finance subcommittee seems like one of the most solid moves in the institution's history.
Sportsmail has revealed that the annual LTA subsidy this year is expected to reach just under £ 36 million. It dropped from £ 45 million last time, but it remains a sizable sum According to the report from the All England Club, by 15 October this year they had negotiated a figure of 174 million pounds with insurers.
The latest reports filed by Wimbledon show that their revenues from the 2019 Champioships - when Novak Djokovic won the men's singles title - amounted to £ 292 million, more than half of which came from broadcast deals.
The safety net meant that in July the All England Club was able to make a solidarity payment of £ 10 million to participants, with £ 25,000 going to each player on the main draw. Unusually among sporting entities, Wimbledon first established pandemic insurance in 2003 following the outbreak of SARS and has since kept it at an estimated total cost of £ 25m to the insurance industry.