Category Archives: ATP

Roland Garros Quali 2015: Videos and Pictures

Luke Saville’s match point during his first round match with Gravilova and Kokkinakis cheering for him

Vanni won an epic first round 16-14 third set, here how he reacted after 1st match point failed.

As you can see by the pictures below, Alla Kudryavtseva was desperate during her match

Another epic match: Arnaboldi-Herbert 27-25 third set, this is the match point

Alexander Zverev tried to destroy his racquet after the loss against Sijsling

Ons Jabeur was very angry at the end of her match

The curious case of Pol Toledo Bagué

The readers of this blog and my followers on Twitter know very well how many times I wrote about bad conditions of some ITF pro tournaments and about the low prize money for players.

Last Friday I noticed some tweets of the spanish player Pol Toledo Bagué

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At first sight you could understand that the spaniard could not play ATP Barcelona quali because of the behaviour of Mr. Pier Luigi Grana, ITF Supervisor of this week ITF Italy F6.

On Saturday Pol explained the situation in a letter published by PlanetaTenisFM and also on Twitter you could see some attention about this

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Here is a little summary of what happened.

On Friday at 5 PM Pol Toledo Baguè started his doubles match in Reus (Spain F9 final).

At 5.30 PM Pol’s coach was informed that his pupil received a WC for ATP Barcelona quali draw.

Pol was on Acceptance List of the Main Draw of Italy F6 of next week, so he should have withdrawn from the tournament

You have to know that players have to withdraw before the “Freezing Deadline

The Freeze Deadline occurs at 14:00hrs GMT on the Thursday preceding the tournament week. At this point, players who have moved into a Main Draw or Qualifying Draw Acceptance List are then committed to play in that tournament

But ITF allows some execptions

How can I withdraw from either the Main Draw or Qualifying Draw?

There are only two ways to withdraw:

1. Prior to the Freeze Deadline, players can withdraw online

2. By faxing or emailing a completed and signed ITF Withdrawal Form to the ITF Office, and if withdrawing after the Freeze Deadline also to the ITF Supervisor on-site, so that it reaches the Supervisor by the Qualifying Sign-in Deadline. Withdrawals cannot be made over the phone.

Please note:

• You may withdraw late, for any reason and without incurring a fine, from up to three tournaments in a calendar year as long as you submit each withdrawal prior to the relevant Qualifying Sign-in Deadline.

So Pol was allowed to withdraw “late” but as Mr. Grana told to the spaniard’s staff he had to send a signed letter to officially inform ITF Office and Supervisor.

Mr. Grana also said that he had to receive that letter within 6 pm. Unfortunately Pol was playing the doubles and could not send any letter. You can understand how much he was disappointed and angry but in my opinion there is a big problem in this story.

Pol wrote in his letter:

La cuestión es que no está escrito en ningún lado que yo tenga que enviarlo a esa hora.

So he was angry because, in his opinion, Mr. Grana should have not put the deadline for receiving the Withdrawal Letter at 6 pm. Translating from Spanish to English he wrote “It’s not written anywhere that I have to send within a certain hour”.

Unfortunately for Pol, ITF rule is very clear and I write it again

• You may withdraw late, for any reason and without incurring a fine, from up to three tournaments in a calendar year as long as you submit each withdrawal prior to the relevant Qualifying Sign-in Deadline.

Guess which was the Qualifying Sign-In Deadline for ITF Italy F6?

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Oh yes, 6 PM.

So in the end I can understand Pol being sad for missing his home tournament but there are a few things that I do not understand:

  • How can a professional player complain without knowing the rules of his job
  • Why ATP Barcelona organizers informed him about the WC so late
  • Why noone of the journalists involved (or the player himself) wrote anything about this after I explained (via twitter) them the true situation

I wonder also which will be ITF reaction to this, having a player attacked (just with words of course) an ITF Representative that just did what he is paid for and supposed to do.

ITF has very big margins for improvement but I think that this is not the right way to ask for a better situation.

Some cool stuff that happened in Tennis Week 2 & 3 / 2015

Sam Thompson incredible volley


Legendary ITF story

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Tomas Fabian, 54 yo, played his first ever ITF match in France F2.

He went on court without bag, with just one racquet. When he had to serve, he put the other ball close to his feet. He didn’t even know about the changeover. He ended 0-24 on serve but he managed to win 2 points on return!


Michael Venus wins at home

First Kiwi to beat an overseas player in home tourney since 2002 (Nielsen def Vinciguerra)


How not to smash


Sloane Stephens likes risk


Funny Umpires expressions


Pablo Cuevas highly motivated

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Federer aces Cruz Hewitt (0:50)


Tweets of the Weeks 2-3

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Bryan Bros robbed


Insane rally Muller-Tomic


Lamine Ouahab (the only guy to have beaten Rafael Nadal in a junior match) wins Casablanca Challenger

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Genie is so loved

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Also the ball wants to touch her


Also Bautista has his own Army!


McHale vomits on court…and wins


Kokkinas post Gulbis match amazing video


Marinko Matosevic is the new Matteo Volante (br 217 doubles, current 260)

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(women tennis doesn’t exist)

But Matteo didn’t stick to tennis

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(all women are whores)


Amazing Aus Open Day 1-3 Recap


One of the most ridicolous passing shot ever. On mp. Against Federer


Paire and Brands play ITF events

Paire won France ITF, Brands lost SF in Germany

Winning ITF France F2 (5 matches won) Paire earned 1440$, losing in 1st round quali Aus Open (1 match lost) he earned 4000$


New balls please


ITF Most incredible 1 set all of all times

Stouff – Coco 61 67

Stouff had 12 bps. Coco 0. Stouff lost 9 points on serve. Coco 44.

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Poor Svetlana…ouch

From Futures to Grand Slams: interview with Stefano Travaglia

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First of all, tell us about your recent down under experience.

Australian Open is great: you have a lot of indoor and outdoor courts, big restaurants, three locker rooms with 4 physios, almost one hundred transportations at your full availability. Economic support for the flight (1700$ cash as soon as you arrive) and a daily refund of 220$ for at least 2 days.

I played good tennis in Australia, especially here in Melbourne. I lost a close match against a player that the week before was runner-up in 75k +H challenger and top 130 ATP, so it was a good experience.

Which is your favourite tournament?

Us Open, amazing atmosphere with that great centre court.

Do you have any pre-match ritual?

Listening to music, thinking about what I have to do on court, about what I worked on in training, bringing moxie to my mind and to my body.

Does cheering from the stands help to get you play better play or not ?

It can help on 6-6 third set, as it brings physical strength when I am tired but everything that is off court remains off for me.

Which has been your best match so far?

2014 Rome MS quali when I beat Montanes 76 64.

What is the weirdest thing happened to you on tour?

In an ITF in Germany I had to sleep in the train station because when I arrived there were no taxi or any kind of public transport, the train station was in the middle of the mountains.

Favourite player?

David Ferrer

And a bete noir?

Don’t have any.

In 2014 your prize money income from singles and doubles has been 48.860 $: was this money enough to cover your expenses?

It wasn’t, but incomes were slightly below the expenses (we have a lot of expenses as you can imagine). It was anyway my best year from the economical point of view.

Last year you played Serie A2 (Italian club championship): is it fundamental to play for a club to “survive” on pro tour? How much is this influencing your pro planning and results?

Yes, it is fundamental but if you are smart enough with planning you can play well pro circuit and team championship

What do you think about the announced ITF Prize money increase?

It is really good, free hospitality would make us save a lot of money. Also prize money increase is a good news of course.

ATP obtained a great increase of prize money for Master 1000, in this way I think the difference between top 10 and top 100 will become larger, what do you think?

I think ATP is doing right choices, they are taking care of the bigger tournaments but also of the challengers.

In 2014 you have been one of the very few player to beat Goffin: did you expect him to reach top 20 so quickly?

I didn’t think so, but his results made me believe in myself and gave me self-confidence

Last time I watched you was in Brescia Challenger: you looked very nervous (also because of some bad line calls). I think you have top 100 serve and forehand but you miss something on the backhand and in the shot selection: which are your areas of improvement?

Surely I have to improve the backhand and the rally management, sometimes I am too impulsive and hasty on court

Your best friend on the tennis tour?

We all know each other in the circuit, I don’t have a best friend.

Describe the differences between ITF, ATP, and Challengers.

ATP has excellent organization, excellent transportation, excellent hotels and big structures.

Challengers has decent level for everything above.

ITF has mediocre transportation, for hotels you have to somehow manage by yourself, prize money not sufficient and structures sometimes not appropriate for pro level.

Recently some players started to widely complain about ITF circuit conditions (Buchhass pics from Chile, Sousse training court etc): do you have any experience to share?

In Chile a couple of years ago (in Vila Alemana) players refused to play in the tennis club where the tournament was scheduled and they obtained the right to play in another club.

You had a terrible injury and you reacted with great spirit and willpower: you had to breakthrough a couple of times. Which advice would you give to a young player who is starting to play Future tournaments?

It is not an easy path but with the right motivation and training you can reach your own goals. You have to be determined and believe in yourself, nothing happens by accident.

Your opinion about anti-doping programme: have you have ever been tested in competition or out of competition’

I have been tested at Milan Challenger in 2014

Your opinion about possible changes as no-let and no-adv.

It would be strange, I tested the no-let in 2013 and it would not be easy to adapt to the change.

Three things/rules you would change on Pro Circuit if you had the power?

  • Prize money increase
  • Better conditions in low level tournaments
  • Appropriate Structure

Your scheduling after Australia

  • Training
  • Egypt ITF 15k
  • Training
  • New Delhi Challenger 100k
  • Kolkata Challenger 50k
  • Training
  • Guangzhou Challenger 50k +H
  • Shenzhen Challenger 75k +H

Where and with who are you training?

In Jesi with Sebastian Vasquez.

What is your goal for 2015?

Top 150 and play all Slams (possibly in Main Draw).

If you haven’t been a tennis player, where would you be right now?

I would be on the beach in Hawaii preparing cocktails during the day and being a dj at night.

You have a great record in tiebreaks (43-25 until 2014 based on ATP stats): did you know that?

I didn’t know, thanks for letting me know.

What are your interests? What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Staying with my girlfriend Maria Paola, listening to music, fishing and staying with family.

Thanks Stefano and best of luck for your 2015! See you on tour!

Some cool stuff that happened in Week 1 / 2015

 Sam Stosur lost from 5-1 third set up, at least not vs an -Ova


Shot of the week


Former top 100 players coming back on tour

Mischa Zverev played ITF USA F1 (lost in 2nd round)

Ryan Sweeting will make his Challenger Tour comeback in Maui Challenger


Genie Surfing…


…And Ana Jumping

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Funny stats of the week

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More money in the Challenger Circuit Events

The ATP announced significant efforts to enhance the ATP Challenger Tour, including further increases in prize money. The increases will take place at the lowest category of tournaments, with minimum prize money levels increasing from $40,000 + Hospitality (paid hotel accommodation for main draw players) to $50,000 + Hospitality by 2017. In addition, and with immediate effect, the ATP is offering all current minimum prize money tournaments a subsidy to move up to $50,000 + H from 2015.

ITF players still waiting for more money

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ITF Antalya Claycourts

Outdoor tournament with 0°C  outside.

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The most serious linesman in the world


Flavia and Fabio off court


Flavia and Fabio with some doubles hot shots and a funny post match interview


Poor Camila

A few days ago an italian newspaper published an interview with Sergio Giorgi .

Camila at 5 yo wanted to try playing tennis.

Sergio: if you wanna be a pro tennis you need winning mentality and strong body!

No Racquet, just push-ups with the face on clay. For 4-5 months. With his wife that wanted to kill him.


The King of Retirements did it again

First tournament of the year: A. Hiltzik def. Garza 4-1 ret.

54th time!


Pics of the week

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Coffee please

Serena orders a coffee and wins 10 games in a row from 06 23* down vs Pennetta

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Australian heat? Diatchenko could not care less


Spelling war

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Weirdest match point ever?


NCAA Doubles Final in Noumea Challenger

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Good catch, Layhani


How not to smash…


…and how not to serve


Aga’s reaction to “Replay the point”


Cornet aces Murray


Gasquet so lonely

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The best ball boys in the world


Not a back backhand


Calm down Horacio, it’s just the first tournament!


In case you missed the cool stuff 2014, here it is.

ATP and ITF News about prize money changes

Last week ATP announced prize money increases

The ATP has announced significant increases over the next four years that will see overall player compensation on the ATP World Tour reach US$135 million by 2018.
The biggest increases in player compensation come at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category, with tournaments providing annual increases of 11%, and with the ATP contributing a further 3% increase, resulting in a 14% annual increase in that category through to 2018. Player compensation at the ATP World Tour 250s is set to increase at an average of 3.5% per year during the same period.

Reactions were not exactly enthusiastic

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However, you can read different points of view about the ATP announce (pro and against).

In my opinion prize money incomes are going in the wrong way: the difference between top players and “the others” is increasing year after year and this is a specific problem of tennis as the WSJ showed a few days ago.

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I calculated the ratio between top 3 players and top 50/100/200 players average income in last 15 years.

For top 3 I considered the top 3 average income.

For top 50 I considered the average income from 47th  to 53rd ranked players.

For top 100 I considered the average income from 97th  to 103rd ranked players.

For top 200 I considered the average income from 197th  to 203rd ranked players.

Top 3 / Top 50 Top 3 / Top 100 Top 3 / Top 200
1999 8,0 20,7 72,1
2004 10,8 23,1 139,1
2009 15,5 28,4 137,4
2014 18,5 43,0 243,7

It is more than evident that the distance is becoming bigger and bigger.

Maybe it’s just Rafa/Nole/Roger being too good? So if you enlarged the comparison from top 3 (the ones too good) to top 10 the data would be completely different and we wouldn’t see this distance increasing

Top 10 / Top 50 Top 10 / Top 100 Top 10 / Top 200
1999 5,0 12,9 45,0
2004 6,2 13,2 79,8
2009 9,4 17,1 82,8
2014 10,8 25,2 91,3

Well, nothing changes.

Even if the priority has been given to top players, fortunately we know that ATP is working on the Challengers prize money increase and we hope we will be able to see soon something “real”, not just good intentions for 20XX.

I discussed a lot also on the necessity of restructuring prize money at ITF level and finally we can see something moving on.

I am glad to read that ITF is going to meet the first need I underlined

ITF/ATP should assure players that ITF/Challenger hospitality will be free of charge.

as they proposed

Men’s Pro Circuit: Initial two levels rise to 15K+H* and 25K +H*

By the way, I read the players survey conducted by ITF and I found the female answer pretty surprising

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However, below we have the survey conclusions

Taken together, the data show significant similarity in the perceptions of
the male and female players. The vast majority of players responding to the
survey are not able to cover their expenses. They are finding ways to cut their
costs, often to a level they consider unacceptable. Alternatively, or in addition,
they are often finding financial support from family, or paid work. Most would
like to see a substantial increase in prize money. Travel, and the associated
cost of accommodation is the greatest expense for players, and this appears
to influence choice and location of tournament played; sometimes meaning
players must play a less preferred event. Despite these responses, players
understand that prize money cannot support all players: whilst the male
players were somewhat undecided, female players perceive that they should
be able to earn a living once they reach a top 300 ranking. Tournaments in
one’s own country are clearly valued by players, for several reasons,
particularly the opportunity to progress, and this is understandable given the
responses provided regarding their expenses.
Players perceive that the best opportunity to raise funds for increased prize
money is from sponsorship. If prize money were to be distributed differently,
they would prefer that lower prize money was paid to those most successful in
the tournaments, with more paid to those successful in early rounds. They
would not want doubles events to be eliminated, and whilst none of the
options to reduce tournament operating costs were popular, reducing the
length of tournaments was most preferred. Reductions in the budget for
site/court maintenance and savings made on tennis balls would not be
welcomed.

I would like to underline the last sentence, as something similar was said by Conny Perrin during my interview with her:

Few tournaments shouldn’t be on the calendar due to their conditions courts, organisation, the good of the player, cause if you organise a tournament that should be the main things you should really care to give the players the best chances to compete in good conditions

Players want to compete in good professional conditions, not the ones we saw in Sousse earlier this year.

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I really hope that in March 2015 ITF will approve some significant changes and we will never read again stories similar to the Oliver Golding one, rising junior that gave up with tennis:

“It’s a hell of a tough life. The rewards are very limited. I can understand that the LTA want to have targets but I think it’s tough enough as it is. When you look at the conditions at a Futures, it’s below the minimum wage. I entered one 128-player draw, qualified and won a round, and reached the semis of the doubles. I was there from Thursday to Thursday and after tax my pay packet was 88 Euros. Considering how much money there is at the top level, more should filter down.

This is something that Eric Butorac, the president of the ATP Player Council, should be aware of, as he said

 We don’t want a guy going to Futures and Challengers for 15 months and then quitting due to lack of finances, when they were actually moving up and getting closer to the ATP Tour.

Some cool stuff that happened in 2014

I still miss Steve a lot, there are no words to describe how much he loved tennis and how good he was at writing about it.

This post is of course dedicated ho him.


Serena and Caroline serve fails at Slams

Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki showed their close friendship all year long…they showed also something else in common this year


NCAA doubles win back to back Challenger titles

Reese/Libietis (Vols seniors) won Knoxville Challenger.

“We know how to win,” Reese said. “We know what each other is good at. Our chemistry is so good on the court, we know where we’re going to be at all times. That’s so vital. We’ve been coached really well.”

“We’ve been playing on our serves extremely well,” Libietis said. “We were executing very well. Same as in college in the NCAAs and All-Americans. We’re holding serve and that gives us confidence for the breaks. We can go for it on the returns because we know we’re going to hold.”

Kopinski/Guignon (Illini seniors) won Champaign Challenger.

“It was a special atmosphere for us,” Tim Kopinski said. “Everyone was just getting behind us every point win or lose. It was a lot of fun for us, lifting us up the whole time.”


Two is better than one: magic shots by Dreddy and Dimitrov in the same match


Infamous pics from ITF Pro Tour

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Training court in Sousse ITF

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Resident vs non resident benefit in Santa Margherita ITF


47 yo gains again ATP ranking

Oren Motevassel (best ranking 161 in 1997), self proclaimed “best player in the world for 40+” won his 1st round at ITF USA F8 (and in the second round he took 4 games from top 300 Michalicka)

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Bernard Tomic records fastest ATP loss ever

In Miami 1st round the Aussie lost 06 16 (13 points won in the whole match) to Jarkko Nieminen in 28 minutes

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he would have preferred to play mixed doubles


Around the post doubles winner shots

We had two this year


Alessio Di Mauro retires and we will miss him so much

Especially this match vs Meister in San Luis Potosi Challenger: the rally at 1:29:36 is a must watch.


Congratulations to Mahut after loss at French Open press conference

Photo says it all

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Ernest Gulbis dropshot perfect game


Funny motivations for Alternates/Withdrawal on ATP/WTA tour

WTA Wuhan: Yuxuan Zhang didnt play quali because

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Andria Challenger: maybe Jimmy Wang got flu?

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WTA Nürnberg

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Most incredible miss ever on Challenger Championship (!) Point

Volley missed on 6-4 2-6 9-8, then they lost 9-11


Garza confirms himself as king of retirements

With 8 retirements this year he touched 53 matches lost for retirement in the whole career: amazing record.


Matosevic (on his 13th try) & Lorenzi (on his 14th try) end their Grand Slam drought

Matosevic reaction after first Slam win


James McGee fulfills his Grand Slam dream

Such a great moment for a player that had to pass through the hell of ITF tournaments


Darian King defaulted in Charlottesville Challenger after a funny incident


Wil Spencer comes out from the blue and wins ITF Title

After a more-than two-year sabbatical, Wil Spencer wins Wildcard tournament for Bluewater Bay Pro Circuit Championship (ITF USA F31) and then wins the real ITF tournament.

Full story here.


Racquet throw award 2014: the winner is Mannarino

and the runner-up is Ryan Harrison


Racquet smash award 2014: the winner is Rhyne Williams


Racquet in two pieces award 2014: the winner is Bozoljac


Worst overrule of the year award 2014


Weirdest point of the year award 2014: the winner is Raonic


Best Smash of the year award 2014: the winner is Federer

I will survive on pro tennis tour: ideas for restructuring prize money

I think it’s time that someone seriously takes care of the problem that is afflicting hundreds of players, I already partially discussed this issue here and here.

Yesterday I read the very interesting article by Ian about restructuring Prize Money on the ITF Tour: Ian focused on WTA tour, I will focus on ATP Tour.

DISCLAIMER : Every chart here below is based on data analysed by myself based on ATP and ITF websites. It may well contain errors. If anyone wants to cross check, please get in touch via Twitter  @Carretero77 – drinks will be yours!

First of all I considered the amount of ITF Tournaments scheduled on 2014 and related prize money.

Tournaments Number Prize Money Total
617 $10.000 $6.170.000
222 $15.000 $3.330.000

So the total prize money for ITF Men has been 9.500.000 $.

I did the same calculation for ATP Challenger tour

Tournaments Number Prize Money Total
6 € 125.000 € 750.000
8 € 106.500 € 852.000
9 € 100.000 € 900.000
5 € 85.000 € 425.000
10 € 64.000 € 640.000
7 € 75.000 € 525.000
35 € 50.000 € 1.750.000
27 € 42.500 € 1.147.500
23 € 40.000 € 920.000
19 € 35.000 € 665.000

So the total prize money for ATP Challenger has been 8.574.500 $.

Ian suggested as WTA solution that WTA tournaments should donate 4.75% of their prize money (total calculated on 107.5  million dollars) to ITF tournaments .

If we apply the same rule (asking “only” 3%) to ATP tournaments (total prize money 2014 about 135 million dollars) we have 4.05 million dollars available.

But what if we ask the same fee also to top 50 ATP singles players and top 20 doubles players? We will have extra 3.44 million dollars (total income for top 50 is above 100 million dollars). I dont think 20.000 dollars will be such a loss for Istomin or 40.000 dollars for Isner. Consider that top 50 players have a lot of incomes also from sponsors, exhibitions etc…so the income from tournaments prize money it’s just a part. Most of them have been ITF tournaments players and surely know how tough that environment is.

We should simplify the Challenger Tour splitting the actual 149 tournaments in:

  • 100 Challengers with 50k prize money
  • 49 Challengers with 100k prize money

This solution would cost 9.9 millions against the actual 8.6 millions.

At ITF level we should transform every tournament in a 18k one.

This solution would cost 15.1 million dollars against the actual 9.5.

To make this restructuring we would need in total 6.9 million dollars but we would have 7.5 from the 3% combined (tournaments+players) fee.

ITF/ATP should assure players that ITF/Challenger hospitality will be free of charge.

In this way we could have the following prize money round by round

Actual 10.000 $ 18.000 $ 50.000 $ 100.000 $
W 1.440 $ 2.592 $ 7.200 $ 14.400 $
F 848 $ 1.526 $ 4.240 $ 8.480 $
SF 502 $ 904 $ 2.510 $ 5.020 $
QF 292 $ 526 $ 1.460 $ 2.920 $
2R 172 $ 310 $ 860 $ 1.720 $
1R 104 $ 187 $ 520 $ 1.040 $

I tried to put these new numbers on 2014 tournaments of Nicolas Jarry, ranked 224 with “only” 21.207 $ won and he would have gained about 10.000 $ more (not even considering the expenses deduction for hospitality): in this way the survival on tour would pass to be a dream, from being a nightmare.

To avoid another issue of modern tennis that will be the object of a future post, good ranked players vulturing lower level tournaments, Challengers should be forbidden to top 100 and ITF tournaments to top 200.

I know it will be very diffucult to convince tournament organizers or top ranked tennis players to reduce their profits, but for example the ITF could just donate 5% of Grand Slams Prize Money to ITF tournaments: in this way they could exactly step up every 10k to 15k without involving players or organizers.

Comments are welcome, it is important to keep active the discussion about this big issue.

I will survive on tennis pro tour: if I was a male it would be easier

On this post I discussed about the difficulties of surviving on tour for players outside ATP Main Tour (especially those who can’t have the boost of a Grand Slam appearence).

Yesterday Thomas Buchhass (currently ranked 1462) said something out loud (translation by CaroPaquin of BATennis World)

I’m taking advantage of this message to express my disgust and displeasure with what is being done with the Futures and the ITF. In this tournament, we had to pay 40 USD only to enter the qualifications. It is, to be honest, a rip-off, a real joke. But thus are the majority of the Futures. They are not played in adequate conditions, don’t have enough balls to practice with, lack doctors/physios.

To tell the truth, as someone who loves this game, one feels very frustrated because an immense effort is made, not only on my part (player), but also on the part of a whole family who expects the most basic things in order to play in conditions which are acceptable for the sport and I have never seen the ITF take any action whatsoever in the matter, checking and monitoring or with any intention to improve the tournaments.

The prize money remains of 10,000 USD, which doesn’t even cover the costs of playing the tournaments, let alone making money if someone wishes to do things the proper way and travel with a coach. Even winning the tournament doesn’t cover the costs of playing it.

I showed that the situation is similarly bad even for players ranked inside top 250, the following pic took at Italian ITF (by Marco Caldara) explains perfectly how can be tough for players to survive: sometimes they are even under “extortion” by organizers.

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You don’t have to be surprised when you read, as we all did yesterday, on the Tennis Integrity Unit website that even an official has been founded guilty of corruption offenses. Winning a 1st round ITF match gives you 104 $, losing that match on a fix arranged by another player, an official or just some criminal could give you some thousands with which you could pay maybe one month of tournaments abroad: temptation would be very big, wouldn’t it?

I also analysed WTA  players ranked 101-250 and the situation is even worse than the ATP one.

We have similar discrepancies (every data is referred to singles matches 2014):

  • Allertova ranked 110 with 53k prize money
  • Domingues Lino ranked 111 with 200k prize money
  • Kulichkova ranked 150 with 38k prize money
  • Govortsova ranked 151 with 207k prize money

and also the strange case of Kichenok twin sisters:

  • Nadiia ranked 196 with 107.474 $ prize money
  • Lyudmyla ranked 198 with 46.934 $ prize money

Medium income of WTA Players ranked 101-250 is 87.000 $

Medium income of ATP Players ranked 101-250 is 119.000 $

But the most important indicator that I found out was: how many male players had incomes of at least 100k? How Many Female players?

ATP: 170 WTA: 154

And if you put limit of struggle for existence (as a pro player) to 50k?

ATP: 208 WTA: 191

As you can see the drop from 100k to 50k is very fast, too fast.

I think that ATP, WTA and ITF should do something to allow more players chasing their dream of becoming a pro player.

Here below the full list of prize money 2014 of 101-250 ATP/WTA Players.

DISCLAIMER : The chart here is based on hand made calculations done by myself based on ATP and WTA websites. It may well contain errors. If anyone wants to cross check, please get in touch via Twitter  @Carretero77 – drinks will be yours!

Player Prize Money (x 1.000$) Real Ranking Prize Money (x 1.000$) Player
Krajinovic 169 101 109 Wang
Troicki 136 102 235 Krunic
Gonzalez 138 103 133 Min
Ilhan 164 104 228 Townsend
Kavcic 231 105 109 Witthoeft
De Schepper 366 106 220 Pereira
Ward 243 107 237 Van Uytvanck
Montanes 295 108 129 Kovinic
Dzumhur 196 109 76 Linette
Tursunov 469 110 53 Allertova
Herbert 246 111 200 Domingues Lino
Gimeno-Traver 339 112 244 King
Melzer Jurgen 419 113 119 Falconi
Riba 238 114 221 Mayr-Achleitner
Smyczek 255 115 224 Oprandi
Beck 142 116 113 Putintseva
Mahut 403 117 144 Kumkhum
Paire 394 118 242 Peer
Kudryavtsev 117 119 94 Mitu
Dustov 93 120 107 Duan
Kudla 168 121 49 Rodina
Hanescu 304 122 153 Pliskova
Zeballos 153 123 284 Ormaechea
Wang 227 124 185 Larcher De Brito
Bagnis 144 125 215 Doi
Gombos 97 126 168 Fichman
Duckworth 174 127 70 Eguchi
Berrer 149 128 129 Rogowska
Nedovyesov 299 129 132 Zanevska
Donskoy 217 130 178 Jaksic
Sugita 124 131 207 Wozniak
Elias 136 132 101 Duque-Marino
Pouille 158 133 141 Paszek
Robert 276 134 78 Zhu
Menendez-Maceiras 89 135 129 Duval
Kubler 44 136 82 Buyukakcay
Zverev 164 137 64 Siegemund
Del Potro 186 138 63 Hogenkamp
Devvarman 219 139 205 Kleybanova
Ram 137 140 139 Hsieh
Bachinger 148 141 68 Cepede Royg
Arguello 98 142 78 Kozlova
Marchenko 146 143 170 Pfizenmaier
De Bakker 138 144 91 Jabeur
Bedene 178 145 109 Sasnovich
Moriya 91 146 78 Panova
Mayer 250 147 149 Tatishvili
Klahn 220 148 56 Kucova
Dancevic 195 149 144 Konta
Kokkinakis 137 150 38 Kulichkova
Vanni 45 151 207 Govortsova
Krajicek 71 152 100 Pervak
Nishioka 66 153 64 Hozumi
Delic 86 154 242 Glushko
Millot 113 155 85 Hradecka
Pella 80 156 103 Broady
Pavic 173 157 66 Ozaki
Saville 107 158 125 Kania
Millman 37 159 55 Kiick
Ungur 68 160 74 Oudin
Russell 235 161 56 Bychkova
Cecchinato 85 162 89 Kontaveit
Darcis 83 163 31 Peterson
Fucsovics 88 164 110 Feuerstein
Melzer Gerald 70 165 104 Chan
Starace 87 166 184 Piter
Ghem 70 167 195 Razzano
Carballes Baena 83 168 37 Krejcikova
Albot 99 169 105 Hlavackova
Kubot 332 170 42 Abduraimova
Odesnik 114 171 49 Vasylyeva
Copil 143 172 57 Voracova
Chung 38 173 43 Irigoyen
Przysiezny 284 174 62 Vogt
Molchanov 45 175 42 Dabrowski
Bemelmans 85 176 40 Xu
Daniel 124 177 111 Mattek-Sands
Martin 72 178 52 Karatantcheva
Coppejans 59 179 145 Radwanska
Arnaboldi 95 180 31 Melnikova
Kuznetsov 147 181 36 El Tabakh
Reister 182 182 53 Wang
Zhang 94 183 118 Minella
Polansky 139 184 33 Chirico
Puetz 111 185 73 Beygelzimer
Andreozzi 48 186 24 Aoyama
Zopp 123 187 97 Rodionova
Viola 68 188 31 Boserup
Broady 25 189 149 Martic
Harrison 213 190 218 Kirilenko
Buchanan 51 191 34 Liu
Basilashvili 50 192 82 Vickery
Edmund 107 193 29 Kuwata
Huta Galung 121 194 48 Zhang
Ignatik 52 195 64 Abanda
Podlipnik-Castillo 43 196 107 Kichenok
Mecir 105 197 52 Brianti
Travaglia 42 198 47 Kichenok
Hernych 105 199 23 Bonaventure
McGee 90 200 33 Maria
Smith 62 201 24 Gonzalez
Bolt 56 202 38 Foretz
Kovalik 30 203 25 Namigata
Londero 53 204 36 Barbieri
Desein 79 205 29 Bondarenko
Lama 36 206 25 Dodin
Bozoljac 53 207 72 Cabeza Candela
Michon 101 208 42 Sirotkina
Munoz-De La Nava 39 209 39 Golubic
Chen 31 210 33 Zhang
Kravchuk 90 211 73 Johansson
Guez 70 212 20 Bogdan
Jenkins 28 213 28 Imanishi
Westerhof 26 214 25 Kostova
Ramanathan 24 215 87 Dolonc
Chiudinelli 110 216 29 Hibino
Volandri 225 217 58 Pavlovic
Mertl 58 218 77 Majeric
Fischer 66 219 39 De Vroome
Brkic 21 220 25 Gasparyan
Sorensen 45 221 80 Lim
Karatsev 40 222 29 Kerkhove
Williams 100 223 133 Barty
Jarry 21 224 53 Savchuk
Ginepri 110 225 31 Vrljic
Ramirez Hidalgo 46 226 85 Hesse
Sektic 31 227 20 Burger
Samper-Montana 39 228 31 Molinero
Lopez-Perez 52 229 69 Shapatava
Corrie 26 230 25 Pous-tio
Krstin 40 231 15 Alexandrova
Ymer 39 232 15 Eikeri
Lindell 34 233 30 Gavrilova
Lamasine 32 234 18 Celik
Veic 27 235 20 Coin
Torebko 23 236 37 Rus
Ebden 310 237 23 Kolar
Marcora 33 238 20 Ce
Cachin 19 239 160 Cadantu
De Greef 21 240 41 Burnett
Couacaud 32 241 27 Garcia Vidagany
Pavlasek 29 242 35 Sanchez
Mina 27 243 17 Sorribes Tormo
Alund 62 244 21 Brady
Eysseric 49 245 21 Mertens
Trungelliti 22 246 28 Vinogradova
Authom 30 247 29 Hibi
Gerasimov 44 248 20 Khromacheva
Bhambri 39 249 30 Amanmuradova
Obry 18 250 19 Botto

I will survive on tennis pro tour: Year End Prize Money Ranking 101-250

As you know I mainly follow ITF and Challenger circuit and the big battles that day by day these guys fight to survive on tour.

Survive, for the player ranked 101-250, is really the word.


Hans Podlipnik-Castillo just broke into the top 200: this is a (completely) imaginary conversation.

Hey family, can you believe it?  There are less than 200 workers on my job better than me in the entire world!

We are so proud! We will be finally rich, tennis is such a famous sport, we can’t imagine how much you earned this year.

Ehm, actually 43.432 $.

Forthy-three? You mean Four hundreds thirty.

No I don’t, and you have to deduct the expenses for me and my coach from that amount.

Expenses?

I have to eat, drink, sleep…and to travel. This year I played in Ecuador, Argentina, Morocco, Poland, Netherlands, USA, Germany, Italy, Slovak Republic, Great Britain, France, Uzbekistan, Spain, Egypt, Brazil.

Wow, so you are bankrupt, go out there and fix some matches!


If you consider that only about 170 players touched this year the 100k income from tennis you realize how difficult for these guys is to keep on travelling from one tournament to another looking for money, points and better tournaments.

I really admire them all but I think that this very low income is one of the biggest reason behind match fixing and someone should take care of ITF/Challenger prize money. Of course they have a little help from sponsors and from national team championships (Bundesliga, Interliga, Serie A etc…).

The biggest goal for a tennis player is to break into top 100 so he has guaranteed the entry in Grand Slams that brings a lot of honour and a lot of money (only 6 players of 2013 top 100 had incomes slightly below 200k $ in 2014, and mostly because of injuries).

In my opinion, there is still a too big difference between prize money of different level of tournaments.

Consider that to gain the same amount they give you if you lose 1st round of a Grand Slam you need to win 21 ITF tournaments (to win 105 ITF matches) or 6 medium level Challenger tournaments (to win 30 Challenger matches): this is surely a big motivation for players to break into top 100 but it’s also a nightmare for those not good enough for top 100 but still proud top 250.

I prepared a comparison between actual real ranking and prize money ranking.

Weirdest comparison is this:

Peter Torebko rank 236 –> 22.956 $

Matthew Ebden rank 237 –> 310.452 $

DISCLAIMER : The chart here is based on hand made calculations done by myself based on ATP website. It may well contain errors. If anyone wants to cross check, please get in touch via Twitter  @Carretero77 – drinks will be yours! (Disclaimer copyright Footsoldiersoftennis)

Summary of biggest differences

Prize Money Ranking Player Prize Money (x 1.000$) Real Ranking Difference
108 Ebden 310 237 129
112 Przysiezny 284 174 62
122 Volandri 225 217 95
126 Harrison 213 190 64
130 Reister 182 182 52
152 Troicki 136 102 -50
162 Chiudinelli 110 216 54
163 Ginepri 110 225 62
169 Williams 100 223 54
175 Dustov 93 120 -55
212 Vanni 45 151 -61
215 Kubler 44 136 -79
225 Chung 38 173 -52
226 Millman 37 159 -67
242 Broady 25 189 -53

Whole table: Prize Money Ranking (based on 101-250 ATP ranking at 24/11/2014)

Prize Money Ranking Player  Prize Money (x 1.000$) Real Ranking Difference
101 Tursunov 469 110 9
102 Melzer Jurgen 419 113 11
103 Mahut 403 117 14
104 Paire 394 118 14
105 De Schepper 366 106 1
106 Gimeno-Traver 339 112 6
107 Kubot 332 170 63
108 Ebden 310 237 129
109 Hanescu 304 122 13
110 Nedovyesov 299 129 19
111 Montanes 295 108 -3
112 Przysiezny 284 174 62
113 Robert 276 134 21
114 Smyczek 255 115 1
115 Mayer 250 147 32
116 Herbert 246 111 -5
117 Ward 243 107 -10
118 Riba 238 114 -4
119 Russell 235 161 42
120 Kavcic 231 105 -15
121 Wang 227 124 3
122 Volandri 225 217 95
123 Klahn 220 148 25
124 Devvarman 219 139 15
125 Donskoy 217 130 5
126 Harrison 213 190 64
127 Dzumhur 196 109 -18
128 Dancevic 195 149 21
129 Del Potro 186 138 9
130 Reister 182 182 52
131 Bedene 178 145 14
132 Duckworth 174 127 -5
133 Pavic 173 157 24
134 Krajinovic 169 101 -33
135 Kudla 168 121 -14
136 Ilhan 164 104 -32
137 Zverev 164 137 0
138 Pouille 158 133 -5
139 Zeballos 153 123 -16
140 Berrer 149 128 -12
141 Bachinger 148 141 0
142 Kuznetsov 147 181 39
143 Marchenko 146 143 0
144 Bagnis 144 125 -19
145 Copil 143 172 27
146 Beck 142 116 -30
147 Polansky 139 184 37
148 Gonzalez 138 103 -45
149 De Bakker 138 144 -5
150 Ram 137 140 -10
151 Kokkinakis 137 150 -1
152 Troicki 136 102 -50
153 Elias 136 132 -21
154 Sugita 124 131 -23
155 Daniel 124 177 22
156 Zopp 123 187 31
157 Huta Galung 121 194 37
158 Kudryavtsev 117 119 -39
159 Odesnik 114 171 12
160 Millot 113 155 -5
161 Puetz 111 185 24
162 Chiudinelli 110 216 54
163 Ginepri 110 225 62
164 Saville 107 158 -6
165 Edmund 107 193 28
166 Hernych 105 199 33
167 Mecir 105 197 30
168 Michon 101 208 40
169 Williams 100 223 54
170 Albot 99 169 -1
171 Arguello 98 142 -29
172 Gombos 97 126 -46
173 Arnaboldi 95 180 7
174 Zhang 94 183 9
175 Dustov 93 120 -55
176 Moriya 91 146 -30
177 McGee 90 200 23
178 Kravchuk 90 211 33
179 Menendez-Maceiras 89 135 -44
180 Fucsovics 88 164 -16
181 Starace 87 166 -15
182 Delic 86 154 -28
183 Cecchinato 85 162 -21
184 Bemelmans 85 176 -8
185 Darcis 83 163 -22
186 Carballes Baena 83 168 -18
187 Pella 80 156 -31
188 Desein 79 205 17
189 Martin 72 178 -11
190 Krajicek 71 152 -38
191 Melzer Gerald 70 165 -26
192 Ghem 70 167 -25
193 Guez 70 212 19
194 Ungur 68 160 -34
195 Viola 68 188 -7
196 Nishioka 66 153 -43
197 Fischer 66 219 22
198 Smith 62 201 3
199 Alund 62 244 45
200 Coppejans 59 179 -21
201 Mertl 58 218 17
202 Bolt 56 202 0
203 Londero 53 204 1
204 Bozoljac 53 207 3
205 Ignatik 52 195 -10
206 Lopez-Perez 52 229 23
207 Buchanan 51 191 -16
208 Basilashvili 50 192 -16
209 Eysseric 49 245 36
210 Andreozzi 48 186 -24
211 Ramirez Hidalgo 46 226 15
212 Vanni 45 151 -61
213 Molchanov 45 175 -38
214 Sorensen 45 221 7
215 Kubler 44 136 -79
216 Gerasimov 44 248 32
217 Podlipnik-Castillo 43 196 -21
218 Travaglia 42 198 -20
219 Karatsev 40 222 3
220 Krstin 40 231 11
221 Munoz-De La Nava 39 209 -12
222 Samper-Montana 39 228 6
223 Ymer 39 232 9
224 Bhambri 39 249 25
225 Chung 38 173 -52
226 Millman 37 159 -67
227 Lama 36 206 -21
228 Lindell 34 233 5
229 Marcora 33 238 9
230 Lamasine 32 234 4
231 Couacaud 32 241 10
232 Chen 31 210 -22
233 Sektic 31 227 -6
234 Kovalik 30 203 -31
235 Authom 30 247 12
236 Pavlasek 29 242 6
237 Jenkins 28 213 -24
238 Veic 27 235 -3
239 Mina 27 243 4
240 Westerhof 26 214 -26
241 Corrie 26 230 -11
242 Broady 25 189 -53
243 Ramanathan 24 215 -28
244 Torebko 23 236 -8
245 Trungelliti 22 246 1
246 Brkic 21 220 -26
247 Jarry 21 224 -23
248 De Greef 21 240 -8
249 Cachin 19 239 -10
250 Obry 18 250 0