ATP announces changes to prize money, points, etc.
More prize money for the players, longer retention of the points and a small COVID support for the tournaments - this is how the plans of the ATP, which became known on Wednesday, can be outlined.
last edit: Mar 03, 2021, 03:37 pm
Actually, the plan of the ATP would have been such that the "best-of" logic would come to an end on March 8th. This means that the world ranking does not refer to the past 52 weeks, but up to two years. And at the same tournament the result that was better is included in the evaluation. Specific example: Dominic Thiem still has his 1,200 final points from the 2019 French Open. Although he failed in the quarter-finals in Roland Garros 2020 to Diego Schwartzman .
The ATP has now extended this regulation until August 9, i.e. until after the ATP Tour 1000 event in Toronto. In addition: Events that were held between March 4 and August 5, 2019 and could not be carried out in 2020 will remain in the rating for a further 52 weeks. Even if only with 50% of the points. In the case of Dominic Thiem, this means that the now 500 points from the triumph in Indian Wells will continue.
More prize money for the 250s and 500s
Incidentally, this also applies to the tournaments that were held later in 2020, such as Kitzbühel, Hamburg, Rome or Roland Garros. The "best of" logic also applies here. Bottom line: The next "traditional" world ranking, which really refers to the past 52 weeks, is not expected until August 16, 2022.
In addition, the ATP announced that the prize money for the ATP Tour 250 and ATP Tour 500 tournaments will be increased at all events between the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Previously, due to the corona pandemic, a reduction to 50 percent was planned, now there should be 80 percent for the 250s and 60% for the 500s. The funds for this come from the ATP bonus fund.
Finally, the tournament organizers also get a little support. Each event on the ATP or ATP Challenger Tour receives an audience of 10,000 US dollars for any hotel costs. caused by the necessary isolation of players.