ATP Beijing 500 vs. WTA Beijing 1000: Prize Money Comparison

Published 09/29/2023, 3:58 PM EDT

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The China Open is an annual men’s and women’s tennis tournament held in Beijing, China. The China Open has been played on hard courts since its conception. It will be the 22nd edition for men and the 24th edition for women. It is classified as an ATP 500 event on the ATP Tour and a WTA 1000 on the WTA Tour. The men’s and women’s competitions will be played at the National Tennis Center in Beijing from September 28 to October 4 and September 30 to October 8, respectively. 

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Being a 1000 event for the WTA, it is an event that all players would want to win to add a humongous amount of points to their tally and win the record-breaking prize pool. 

Why is the China Open in 2023 such a coveted event?

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Being a 500 and a 1000 event, players desire to compete in the tournament. But the glory is not the only reason they aim to play. As it returns after an absence of three years, the China Open will be one of the most lucrative tournaments of the year, barring the grand slams. It is aiming to come back on tour with a bang and make sure players aim to come back each year. 

The China Open 2023 will create history by delivering the greatest prize payout for a champion in any WTA or ATP event other than the Year-End Championships. The total prize pool for the tournament is $11.6 million

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What is the prize purse for the ATP Beijing 500 in 2023?

The overall prize money pool for men at the China Open is $3,633,875, up 3.38% from four years earlier. Champion of the ATP Beijing 500 will receive $679,550, a -7.4% decrease from the amount Dominic Thiem received in 2019. The runner-up of the championship will receive $365,640, a 0.3% increase over four years ago.

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ATP China Open singles semifinalists will earn $194,860, and quarterfinalists will take home $99,560. The prize money becomes lesser and lesser as we go down. Players who lost in the first round of Qualifiers get to take home $8,150. It is a stark 58.6% increase from the qualifier prize in 2019. 

For the ATP 500 doubles, the winning team will take home $223,210. The runner-ups will receive $119,050 and the payout for each player decreases as the exits occur earlier. The lowest payout is $15,590 for duo who exits in round 1.

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What is the prize purse for the WTA Beijing 1000 in 2023?

The WTA Beijing 1000 China Open prize purse is the highest of any WTA 1000 tournament this year. This year’s prize pool for the women’s division is $8,127,389, which is a decrease of $100,000 from the prize money in 2019, which was $8,285,274 or a 1.91% decrease from the amount in 2019. The prize money for each round of the women’s division hasn’t been revealed at the moment.

But the WTA China Open winner’s payout is likely to be somewhere in the ballpark of $1,523,265, as the same amount was awarded to Naomi Osaka in 2019. A similar situation exists for the doubles division. The payout for women’s doubles winners will probably be in the ballpark of $515,355, which was won by Sofia Kenin and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 2019.

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The question arises: Is Women’s tennis finally getting the recognition it so richly deserves?

The debate of equal prize money for men’s and women’s tennis is quite a heated discussion. It began back in the 1970s, and women back then were able to establish equal prize money. The US Open was the first tournament with equal prize money for winners of men’s and women’s singles events. Eventually, the rest of the tournaments followed suit, and all grand slams now have equal prize money for men and women.

But the rest of the tournaments aren’t there yet. Many tournaments do not have equal prize money or even equal increments in the prize money. Taking the example of the China Open, the ATP event sees an increment of 3.38%, a $100,000 increase since 2019. It went up from $3,515,225 to $3,633,875. While for the women’s division, it decreased from $8,285,274 to $8,127,389, a decrease of over $100,000 or 1.91%.

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The China Open was a highly anticipated event, and players sorely missed its presence each year. Now, back on tour, it is once again going to be a massive event.

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