Emma Raducanu discusses plans for US Open prize money
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Emma Raducanu’s first tournament since her historic US Open triumph has been confirmed, as the Brit took a wild card into Indian Wells. The mixed ATP and WTA 1000-point event in the Californian desert begins next week, after a two-and-a-half-year break caused by the pandemic. Raducanu recently announced herself to the sporting world when she shot up to world No 22 from No 150 in the rankings, and scored a prize money cheque for £1.8m, eclipsing the £219,282 she had earned in her career to date, and she could keep building at Indian Wells.
Raducanu completed the seemingly-impossible in Flushing Meadows when she came through three rounds of qualifying and seven main-draw matches without dropping a set, en route to her first ever title – the US Open.
The win also propelled her up the rankings to world No 23, having come to New York at a then-career high of world No 150, and has since gone up another spot.
She also received a prize money cheque for £1.8m, overshadowing her previous career earnings of £219,282 – most of which had come from her run to the second week of Wimbledon earlier this year.
The Bromley local was no stranger to fairy-tale runs before her exploits in Flushing Meadows, she received a last-minute wild card into Wimbledon while ranked down at world No 338 and stormed into the second week before retiring with breathing difficulties, but left with a new ranking of world No 179.
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Raducanu will be looking to continue her meteoric rise in Indian Wells, one of the biggest events of the season often referred to as the ‘fifth Grand Slam’, after receiving a wild card to play in the Californian desert.
With 1000 ranking points up for grabs, if the 18-year-old is able to capture the title in California she will make her overall ranking points tally 3567, placing her near the world’s top 10 and putting her in pole position to nab a spot at the season-ending WTA Finals.
She can also continue to add to her prize money purse, after being tipped to become a ‘billionaire’ following her exploits in Flushing Meadows which have propelled her to new levels of fame.
The total prize money pool for the 2021 BNP Paribas Open is idential to the 2019 amount at USD $16,718,910 – a total of USD$8,359,455 respectively for the ATP and WTA draws, but with a cut for the latter rounds from the quarter-final onwards.
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If Raducanu can win the tournament, she will walk away with USD$1,209,730 (£872,412)- a massive sum though down by 10.66% compared to the tournament’s last edition in 2019, according to Perfect Tennis.
The tournament was the first of many to be cancelled due to the pandemic in 2020, and this year was postponed from its usual slot in March.
Runners-up also face a pay cut compared to the last edition of the tournament, pocketing USD$640,000 (£461,544) – down by 6.71% compared to 2019.
Semi-finalists and quarter-finalists will see a 5.37% and 3.85% cut compared to 2019 respectively, with players getting USD$335,000 (£241,589) for making the last-four and USD$175,000 (£126,203) for making the last-eight.
While there is less money on offer for those reaching the latter stages this year, those losing in qualifying and the earlier stages have seen their prize pot increase, with first round losers receiving 10.53% more than they did in 2019, around a £13,000 sum.
Those looking to recreate Raducanu’s US Open heroics in Indian Wells by coming through qualifying get the biggest prize money increases compared to 2019 for just the qualifying rounds alone.
Players losing in the opening round of qualies received a 40.94% increase and will pocket almost £3,500.
Meanwhile, those making it to the second and final round of qualifying will receive over £6,500 – a 34.17% rise compared to 2019.
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