Indian Wells Masters 2021: Complete Breakdown of the Prize Money From Winner To Last-Place

Published 10/01/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 17: Angelique Kerber of Germany serves to Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the women’s final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 17, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


After already witnessing some quite exciting tennis in the 2021 season, it’s time for the Indian Wells Masters 2021. The ATP Masters 1000 tournament will be beginning from October 4, 2021, and fans seem pretty excited about it since the tournament didn’t take place last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Interestingly, for the first time since 2000, none of the ‘Big Three’ is playing at the Indian Wells Masters this year. In addition, the 2019 champion, Dominic Thiem, is also not featuring at the Masters event due to a wrist injury.

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All you need to know about the prize money of the Indian Wells Masters 2021

The total prize money of the Indian Wells Masters this year is $16,718,910. While many other Masters tournaments reduced their prize pool this year, the BNP Paribas Open, has kept it exactly the same as it had in 2019. Intriguingly, the prize money is the same for both the ATP and the WTA players and thus, the two categories will receive $8,359,455 each.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 6, 2021. Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his third round match against Australia’s Alex de Minaur REUTERS/Juan Medina

Even though the total prize money is the same, there are some changes in the individual prize money of players depending upon the ranks at which they will finish at the tournament. The winners will receive a check of $1,209,730 each this year, which is 10.66% less than what Dominic Thiem and Bianca Andreescu received in 2019 after defeating Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber in the finals respectively.

Aug 10, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts after winning a point against Harriet Dart. Second round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports.

Similarly, there has been a reduction of 6.71% from the runners-up prize money as well and they will now be getting $640,000 each. The ones getting eliminated in the semi-finals and quarter-finals will win $335,000 and $175,000, a pay-cut of 5.37% and 3.85% respectively as compared to 2019.

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Indian Wells 2021 brings good news for qualifiers

Even though winners will face a reduction in prize money, the Indian Wells Masters have not disappointed the qualifiers and even the first-round losers. The management has made sure that more and more players turn up for the event by offering them a large sum a money.

Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the first set against Karen Khachanov during their men’s singles quarter final match. Day twelve of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Those even playing in the first qualifying match will receive a pay check of $4,785, that is 40% more than what a player got after he won the first qualifier at the Indian Wells in 2019. Similarly, those getting eliminated in the second qualifying match will get $9,110, that is 34.17% more than the last year.

There is good news for the first-round losers as well. They will be rewarded with a prize money of $18,155, which is 10% more than last time. Similarly, those who make the second, third, and fourth rounds will also be getting a good sum of money in their bank accounts.

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As a result, fans are quite exhilarated for the upcoming Indian Wells Masters 2021. Who will emerge as the winner on the men’s side in the absence of the ‘Big Three’?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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