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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Impressive Fields for Two UTR Prize Money Events; Division III Cancels Fall Championships; 2020 US Open Prize Money Down Slightly Overall

Many of the top ITF juniors training in Florida and those who have recently moved on to pro tennis have entered the Battle of Boca, a UTR $10,000 prize money event that begins Friday at the Rick Macci Tennis Academy.

The men's entry list includes 2019 Wimbledon junior champion Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan, 2019 US Open boys finalist Emilio Nava, Martin Damm, Zane Khan, Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria, Liam Draxl of Canada, Nicolas Meija of Colombia, Stanford's Alex Rotsaert and Tristan Boyer and former Miami Hurricane Christian Langmo.

The women's field isn't as strong, but does feature former Georgia standout Maria Carle of Argentina, 2019 US Open girls finalist Alexandra Yepifanova and former Miami Hurricane Sofia Sewing.

The prize money is $25,000 for the UTR William H Metzger Pennsylvania Clay Court Open, which began today in Harrisburg. There are only eight seeds in the 128-player draw: Jesse Witten[1], Alec Adamson[2], Justin Butsch[3], Tyler Zink[4], Colin Sinclair[5], Karl Poling[6], Chad Kissell[7] and Alexander Kotzen[8].

The draws are not posted on the UTR webpage, but rather at the tournament's own website.

The NCAA Division III Committee announced today that all fall sports championships have been canceled and will not be moved to spring. While tennis is not a fall sport for NCAA purposes, there is a full slate of ITA Division III regionals that will not take place. The release states the priority for the spring will be on providing championships for winter and spring sports, which were, of course, canceled due to the onset of Covid-19 shutdowns.

The US Open announced its prize money for 2020, which is, remarkably, nearly 95 percent of the amount awarded in 2019. There is even an increase, from $58,000 to $61,000 in first round prize money. However the singles champions will receive $3 million, rather than the $3,850,000 that was awarded to the winners last year. The complete release:

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 5, 2020 – The USTA today announced that the US Open will offer $53.4 million in total player compensation in 2020 – nearly 95 percent of its total from 2019 – with $7.6 million dedicated toward player relief from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The USTA, WTA and ATP Tour worked collaboratively to build a payment structure for the 2020 US Open that would feature critical financial balance and support for players. First-round prize money for men’s and women’s singles increased by 5 percent over 2019 ($61,000 from $58,000), while second- and third-round singles prize money was unchanged. Doubles prize money for the rounds of 32, 16 and the quarterfinals also remained the same as 2019.

Both the men’s and women’s singles champion will earn $3 million.

The USTA will also provide $6.6 million in additional relief grants and subsidies due to the decision to not hold the Qualifying Tournament and the reduction of the Doubles draws. These funds will be allocated equally to the WTA and ATP, which will then make the determination of how to distribute and/or utilize them to provide replacement playing and ranking-point opportunities. Previously in 2020, the USTA contributed $1 million to an international player relief fund.

“We’re proud to be able to offer a player compensation package that maintains nearly 95 percent of the prize pool from 2019,” said Mike Dowse, USTA Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. “The prize money distribution for the 2020 US Open is the result of close collaboration between the USTA, WTA and ATP, and represents a commitment to supporting players and their financial well-being during an unprecedented time.”

Round-by-round individual prize money for the US Open is as follows:

Winner: $3,000,000
Runner-up: $1,500,000
Semifinalist: $800,000
Quarterfinalist: $425,000
Round of 16: $250,000
Round of 32: $163,000
Round of 64: $100,000
Round of 128: $61,000

Doubles(each team):
Winner: $400,000
Runner-up: $240,000
Semifinalist: $130,000
Quarterfinalist: $91,000
Round of 16: $50,000
Round of 32: $30,000