When we hear Dubai, we know it’s about oil, gas, lavish lifestyle and fast cars. And girls, parties, yachts and excess. If you have ever been there, you know this is true. So one couldn’t help but wonder: how much are they willing to pay to have all the big tennis players competing in the middle of the desert, at pretty high temperatures?
A simple answer is: not a as much as you expected. We’ll see below how both ATP and WTA Dubai events are paying their winners and how they compare to similar events.
ATP Dubai is now ranked as an ATP 500 event. The usual prize money for the winner for this kind of tournament is around $450,000 to $460,000. We’ve decided to use US dollars for all prizes, so conversion rates may change the actual results. But, let’s say $460,000 is a good, average prize money for a winner in an ATP 500 event. That’s almost half a mil for one week’s work. Pretty good.
ATP & WTA Dubai Prize Money for 2019
If you make it trough the first round in the ATP event, you’ll end up with $34,100. That is the prize for winning one tennis match against a top 30 tennis player. Given the fact that this is almost the average yearly income in the US, it’s pretty damn good. Of course, you got to spend a lot of money to reach this level in tennis, but still, we are talking about one tournament and one match.
In comparison, we can take other rich tournaments and see what they have to offer. Let’s start with the ATP Tournaments:
- Barcelona Open winner – $564,975 (higher than Dubai).
- China Open winner – $733,320 (the richest ATP 500 tournament).
The rest of the ATP 500 events are paying less than those 3 mentioned above (Dubai, Barcelona, and China Open). But, as you can see, Dubai is only ranked third.
Moving on to the WTA Premier 5 events, we have the following:
- Doha Open (2018) winner – $591,750 (see note below)
- Rome Open (2018) winner – $571,854
- Rogers Cup (2018) winner – $519,480
- Cincinnati (2018) winner – $501,975
- Wuhan Open (2018) winner – $471,700
Note: the Dubai Open and Qatar Open are switching their rank yearly. For example, in 2019 Dubai is ranked Premier 5 while Doha is downgraded to Premier, while in 2020 Dubai will be downgraded and Doha upgraded and so on.
Conclusion for WTA Premier 5 tournaments prize money?
Well, we have to admit that Doha and Dubai are the highest paying WTA Premier 5 tournaments, but not as higher as you might expect. Take a look at the difference in the ATP tour between China, Barcelona and Dubai.
Nevertheless, this year in Dubai we’ll see all the Top 10 female players.