Alize Cornet: WTA “in survival mode” with China tournaments canceled

Alize Cornet: WTA

Alize Cornet is worried in regards to the financial results of the coronavirus pandemic on the WTA tour, particularly on smaller tournaments and lower-ranked gamers.

The ladies’s tennis tour has performed simply two tournaments because the rescheduled Roland Garros, in Linz and Ostrava. Its schedule has been decimated by the cancellation of all occasions in Asia—particularly China, which holds the WTA Finals, Wuhan Premier 5 tournaments, and a number of other others.

That has had an enormous impact on the tour’s backside line, in line with Cornet.

“It hurts rather a lot, particularly as a result of we now have rather a lot, lot of cash in Asia,” she advised L’Equipe.

“If I perceive appropriately, the Masters [WTA Finals] is 50 p.c of the WTA’s earnings. It’s colossal. Because the Masters just isn’t going down, and Asia has shut its door till March, we’re in survival mode.”

The shortage of tournaments has additionally left WTA gamers on the sidelines, whereas ATP gamers have had occasions each week.

“It hurts to take a look at the schedules,” she mentioned. “Once we speak about male-female equality, it makes me chuckle.”

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However the 30-year-old Frenchwoman pointed to gamers additional down the rankings as going through even more durable challenges. And even tournaments which might be being performed at present have little or no ticket gross sales, so gamers are additionally receiving much less prize cash.

“The small girls’s tournaments should not very worthwhile and since everybody has it laborious it is tremendous difficult to maintain these tournaments going,” mentioned Cornet. “The prize cash of the 250s [Internationals] is down 25 to 10 p.c, it already was not large.

“Our largest likelihood is to play the Grand Slams, as a result of that’s the place it’s down the least and that’s funding our season. However for that you need to be High 100. I’m involved about those that should not High 100 and relying on the smaller tournaments.”

The WTA has had massive match prize-money will increase in recent times, together with a report $4.75 million for the winner of final yr’s WTA Finals. However the cancellations in China symbolize a drop of $30 million in whole, in line with figures from the New York Instances, together with different match reductions. The WTA tour can also be prone to expertise a drop in its personal earnings, which had reached $104 million.

Each will take some time to get better, in line with Cornet.

“It is too dangerous, as a result of the WTA had achieved a very good job in recent times. It’s an enormous blow. It will take years,” she mentioned.

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