US Open cuts purse money by nearly $4M

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(AP) -- Despite a loss in revenue from holding its marquee event without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Tennis Association announced Wednesday that its overall compensation to players at this year's U.S. Open will be $53.4 million - which is 93.3% of the roughly $57.2 million awarded in 2019.

The U.S. Open women's and men's singles champions will each earn $3 million, down $850,000 - or 22% - from the top prizes at the Grand Slam tennis tournament last year, part of a decrease of nearly $4 million in total player compensation in 2020.

Defending U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal said Tuesday he didn't want to travel during the pandemic and would not be entering the tournament. Also out of the field: Ash Barty, the No. 1-ranked woman.

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2020 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 10,220
2 R. Nadal 9,850
3 D. Thiem 7,045
4 R. Federer 6,630
5 D. Medvedev 5,890
6 S. Tsitsipas 4,745
7 A. Zverev 3,630
8 M. Berrettini 2,860
9 G. Monfils 2,860
10 D. Goffin 2,555
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2020 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Barty 8,717
2 S. Halep 6,076
3 K. Pliskova 5,205
4 S. Kenin 4,590
5 E. Svitolina 4,580
6 B. Andreescu 4,555
7 K. Bertens 4,335
8 B. Bencic 4,010
9 S. Williams 3,915
10 N. Osaka 3,625
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