Prize money at ATP events is 75 percent higher than WTA events in 2022: Financial Times
Women continue to earn far lesser than men when it comes to non-Grand Slam tournaments, and the current gap is the widest in over two decades
The Financial Times has reported that the men’s ATP Tour has provided players 75 percent more prize money in tournaments in 2022 (excluding the four equal-paying Grand Slams) than the women’s WTA Tour, highlighting an increased pay differential between the two tours.
While the issue of equal prize money at the four Grand Slams, the crown jewels of the sport, has been resolved, women continue to earn far lesser than men when it comes to non-Grand Slam tournaments, and the current gap is the widest in over two decades.
This is not the first time that there has been some noise around prize money between the two tours in recent months.
Tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg pointed out that last week’s ATP 500 event in Halle, Germany rewarded its champion with more than €399,000 while the winner of the WTA 500 event in Berlin, Germany got less than €94,000.
That has been a common thread in several other combined events this year, including the ongoing Eastbourne Championships, and the Madrid Open and the Italian Open which are combined ATP Masters Series events and WTA 1000 series events.