The two same events, eight less players on the men’s draw but they had $4,662,372 more in prize money than the women…

The run-up to the US Open see’s players hit either Toronto or Montreal and then Cincinnati as part of the path to Flushing Meadows.

Prize money at these events has never been close or as it should be ‘equal’ and in a Global Pandemic we have understandably seen prize money decrease across events but the different for an ATP 1000 and WTA 1000 is simply criminal.

Rogers Cup

The Rogers Cup is held in Canada and every year the men and women alternate who plays at which venue. For 2021 the men were in Toronto and the women in Montreal, both events are ATP 1000 and WTA 1000 respectively.

ATP 1000 – Rogers Cup – Toronto (48 draw)

Total Financial Commitment – $3,487,915

R1 Loss (singles) – $15,845
Finalist (singles) – $211,000 

Winner (singles) – $370,290

WTA 1000 – Rogers Cup – Montreal (56 draw)

Total Financial Commitment – $2,114,989

R1 Loss (singles) – $12,385
Finalist (singles) – $188,945
Winner (singles) – $255,220

The Differences…

The difference as obvious, the men shared out $1,372,926 more than what was on offer to the women. Not only that but both singles draws are 64 spots however there were 16 bye’s in the mens draw and only 8 in the women’s draw. So, more money was paid out to less players?

The winner of the men’s tournament walks away with 45% more than the winner of the women’s tournament.

Cincinnati

Cincinnati is the last stop for most before they play the US Open, held during the same week on the same site but these are two 1000 events streets apart from each other.

On the ATP website a couple of weeks ago the total prize money for Cincinnati was $2,850,970 but this has increased to $5,404,435 where as the women’s hasn’t increased at all.

ATP 1000 – Cincinnati – (54 draw)

Total Financial Commitment – $5,404,435

R1 Loss (singles) – $23,650
Finalist (singles) – $354,720
Winner (singles) – $654,815

WTA 1000 – Cincinnati – (54 draw)

Total Financial Commitment – $2,114,989

R1 Loss (singles) – $12,385
Finalist (singles) – $188,945
Winner (singles) – $255,220

The Differences…

It’s ridiculous! There is $3,289,446 more available the same number of players than there is to the women.

The runner-up in the mens draw gets almost $100,000 more than the winner of the women’s event.

A round one defeat on the men’s draw gets your 90.9% more than what the women get!

Even in qualifying, the numbers are:

WTA – R1 – $3745
WTA – Finalist – $7258

ATP – R1 – $6655
ATP – Finalist – $12,595

Overall…

Across the two tournaments and draws there was total prize money across all draws of:

13,122,328

Only $4,229,978 was available to the women which is just 32.2% of the total across the draws, the men had $8,892.250 available which is $4,662,372 more.

This isn’t new but sadly it isn’t getting much better, is it getting worse?. In 2019, the numbers were:

WTA – Cincinnati

R1 Loss (singles) – £8300
Finalist (singles) – $268,576
Winner (singles) – $544,500

ATP – Cincinnati

R1 Loss (singles) – £22,045
Finalist (singles) – $564,005
Winner (singles) – $1,114,225

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