It is a luxury list that was released this Tuesday by the Cincinnati Masters 1000. The biggest players in the world seem to be ready to attend New York. 36 of the 40 players’ best ATP seeds say yes to the American Masters 1000. The highlights are the names of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who head the star’s entourage.
Although they have shown different strategies in recent weeks, ATP numbers one and two will likely meet in New York before the US Open. Djokovic had been training on hard courts in the last weeks, having requested for US Open balls. A clear sign that the Serbian is already preparing all details of the American Grand Slam.
In Spain, Nadal had been training exclusively on clay. He won the US Open last year, but Cincinnati could be an opportunity for the Spaniard to earn points and aim the ATP leadership. Even so, the registration in the tournament does not require any player to be present. But, for now, that chance grows.
The absences among the top 40
Roger Federer (4): The Swiss is injured and it is already known that will not compete again in 2020.
Gael Monfils (9): The Frenchman will not play Cincinnati by choice. He’s likely to bet in the European tournaments.
Fabio Fognini (11): The Italian is injured.
Stan Wawrinka (17): Like Monfils, the Swiss will not be playing by choice. He also will be focused on European tournaments.
Low prices for the winners
The crisis caused by the pandemic requires strict adjustments in the main tournaments. Without fans and a large share of advertising revenue, the profit decrease. The Cincinnati tournament will reduce the prize money. 4.2 million euros will be at stake instead of last year’s 6 million. Daniil Medvedev received 1.1 million euros in 2019 after won the tournament, but the 2020 winner will win no more than 285 thousand euros. 75% less.
However, the new rules benefit players who lose in the first rounds, as the amount to those who lose in the early stages of the competition is higher than last year. A way for ATP to help players who suffered the consequences of the competition break.