The Covid-19 pandemic claimed its first victim in 2020, with the Miami tournament, Masters 1000 level for men, which also includes women, yes It can be played in 2021, although with the prize money to the players being 40% in relation to the one awarded in 2019.
This traditional tournament, which is always played with singles and doubles of women (WTA) and men (ATP), began in 1985 in Key Biscayne, to be moved to Miami very recently. This time, tennis players will be able to participate there, from March 24 to April 4, although with a prize money much less.
The tournament organization communicated its round-by-round prize distribution, seeing its total distribution reduced by 60%. This is also influenced by the fact that, due to the coronavirus, there will only be 20% of the public in the stadiums, which generates lower income compared to previous years.
Of the almost 8,500,000 dollars awarded in 2019, it will go to almost 3,500,000 in 2021. The tournament will actually start on March 22, but with the dispute of the qualifying phases.
In this way, the pandemic is once again a big problem for sport and its protagonists. There were several postponed championships last year and questions remain about important appointments for this season.
The last champions in Miami, in the 2019 edition, were the Swiss Roger Federer, who beat the American John Isner in the final, and the Australian Ashleigh Barty, who beat the Czech Karolina Pliskova in the decisive match.
On this occasion, each individual champion will take a check for $ 300,000, while the winners two years ago bagged 1,354,000. Meanwhile, the losers of the finals will now win $ 165,000. Those who are eliminated in the first round will be left with 10,000.