Cincinnati Open 2021 Introduces Changes in Prize Money Pool Amid Crisis

Published 08/12/2021, 5:00 PM EDT
CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 12: A Western & Southern logo is seen on a sign during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 12, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


With the Tokyo Olympics done and dusted, the focus now shifts to the US Open in less than three weeks’ time. However, prior to the hard court Grand Slam, players are taking part in various warm-up tournaments. One of those tournaments is the Cincinnati Open 2021.

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In an encouraging update earlier today, the ATP Member Services announced the tournament will have increased prize money on offer for all participants.

Cincinnati Open 2021 to raise initial base prize money from 50% to 80%

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The COVID-19 pandemic created a massive impact on the sporting world. Since fans couldn’t attend matches in stadiums, tournaments saw a drop in ticketing revenues, one of the prime sources of income. The 2020 Cincinnati Open saw a huge drop in prize money from US$6 million in 2019 to US$4.2 million.

However, sporting events across the world are starting to allow fans into stadiums once again. And the Cincinnati Open is no exception, with the organisers selling tickets to fans. In fact, the ATP Member Services revealed the initial base prize money of the tournament will increase by a significant percentage.

They issued a statement conveying the same earlier today. The statement read, “We are pleased to inform you that the initial base level prize money at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati has been raised from 50% to 80%, resulting in an increase of $1,816,885 and a new prize money total of $4,845,025.”

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There could be a further increase in prize money depending on ticket sales

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Their statement also added that an increase in ticket sales could influence the prize money. “The possibility of an additional increase to full prize money remains as tickets continue to be on sale in the lead-up and throughout the tournament.”

CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 15: Roger Federer of Switzerland congratulates Andrey Rublev of Russia on his win during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

They also admitted they will decide the final prize money by comparing ticket revenues with the 2019 Cincinnati Open. With defending champion Novak Djokovic skipping the tournament, the tournament will crown a new winner in the men’s singles category. However, the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal besides Djokovic might take the shine off this tournament.

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The Cincinnati Open begins on Saturday, August 14 and ends on Sunday, August 2022.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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