How do you define "good?" Doubles players get paid approximately one-sixth of what singles players get in both WTA and ITF events, falling to 10% and below at Grand Slams. The winners of the latter at the Australian Open took home $4.12 million in singles against $380,000 in doubles. Yes, that's a year's earnings, but contrast it with $90,000 for first round losers in singles and $12,500 in doubles, or $43,000 for winning a singles title at an International event compared with $6,790 for a doubles winner.I dont know why more players dont come back for doubles. I thought Zvonareva should do that. Its easier on the body and if you get a good partner, its a good income, assuming the tour gets back to normal at some point.
Most doubles finals are played in front of friends and family and aren't even on TV anywhere. They're paid a lot of money for what they bring to a tennis tournament.How do you define "good?" Doubles players get paid approximately one-sixth of what singles players get in both WTA and ITF events, falling to 10% and below at Grand Slams. The winners of the latter at the Australian Open took home $4.12 million in singles against $380,000 in doubles. Yes, that's a year's earnings, but contrast it with $90,000 for first round losers in singles and $12,500 in doubles, or $43,000 for winning a singles title at an International event compared with $6,790 for a doubles winner.
Again, look at the ITF situation. $37 for losing a first round doubles match at an ITF W15 won't go far.
Interesting that you mention her - a SEVEN TIME Grand slam winner in doubles (three junior and two women's titles with Siniakova, and the last two Australian Open mixed titles) and former World No. 1. Go onto the WTA website, the "home" of top-flight women's professional tennis, and there's not a word about it on her Grand Slam page. All it shows is her three attempts at singles, for one first-round and one second-round loss. Yes, the titles are mentioned on her Bio page - where the year by year career in review stops at 2018! Pathetic. 💩 And, like all players, her stats page (serving percentages and so on) ONLY refers to her singles career. Is it really that difficult for the WTA to do the stats for doubles matches?In 2019, Barbora Krejcikova won $500,000 in doubles.
Simona Halep got $610,000 for EXACTLY the same results at the YEC - one win and two losses.Yifan Xu won $650,000.
Even if you subtract the 100k for making the YEC, that's a hell of a lot of cash two players are earning who I've never even seen play.
Many of them CAN'T play mixed doubles at Grand Slams. Maybe you haven't noticed, but there's not much room for real doubles players when there are eight (local) wild-card pairs in a field of 32, and half a dozen top singles players decide that they will play mixed doubles as well as 30 or 40 of them playing same-sex doubles - all of them using their SINGLES ranking to push aside true doubles players who can't actually make the cut into the tournaments that matter.Oh, and they can play mixed doubles at slams for more money too.
Which applies to singles players too.And there's WTT and exhibitions for slightly known players.
You've answered your own question. It's far more lucrative to play singles.I know it pales in comparison to the singles checks, but when there are lots of specialists making 6 figures who likely also have support of federations and maybe even sponsors, it makes me question why more players don't do it.
"Buried" is right. The only time you see doubles earnings is (sometimes) in the player bios on the Grand Slam websites. It's not as if the Stats Hub on the WTA website is any use in this regard - all it contains are serve and return data.PS does anyone know where the doubles prize money rankings can be found? Seems buried.
I don't know how you watch matches (obviously), but the WTA is light-years ahead of the ATP in its doubles coverage. Most ATP500 tournaments have no coverage of doubles (a couple show the final, and that's it), which is weird when there is always coverage from 250 and Masters 1000 events (depending on whether or not there's a camera on the allocated court). WTA events normally have full coverage of every single match, including doubles (again, assuming that there's a camera available). I've certainly never NOT seen any doubles final that I wanted to watch in the last few years, and that's most of them.Most doubles finals are played in front of friends and family and aren't even on TV anywhere. They're paid a lot of money for what they bring to a tennis tournament.
I think you'll find that Dabrowski has a far higher name recognition factor than Gracheva, especially in Canada. Remember the number of members here who named Gracheva as the highest-ranked player in singles who they had never heard of?Many singles players look down on doubles specialist but someone like Dabrowski is laughing all the way to the bank as she makes the most of her limited abilities. She probably averaged 750K/year in the last two seasons for doing less work than singles players and she has the same star power as Varvara Gracheva.
The cost of a tennis pro at a good level is extremely high, Kim Clijsters once said, that winning a tournament below $500k barely breaks even for the next tournament due to taxes and expenses of your team and that it takes a good sponsor for them to feel financially stable. Mind you, Clijsters did not come from a poor family, and she did win plenty of money through the early stages of her career, other girls are not that fortunate.The financial expense of being a travelling professional tennis player is so much higher than what people realise. Travel, accomm, basic living expenses, equipment (if not sponsored), coach, coach's travel and living expenses are just the minimum. The top players also have mental coaches, physical trainers, physiotherapists etc. which are out of range for most pros.
It doesn't really leave as much as you might think for building a life.
This is all before the physical and mental cost are mentioned. Living out of a suitcase, catching flights all the time, never seeing family/friends...
Then you also have the emotional cost. 99% of players lose a match every single week. Do you know how upsetting losing is? It can be devastating. Then you have to pack up, fly and move on to the next match and act as though nothing had happened. If you've moved on from it, you can STILL lose your very next match quite easily just a couple of days after.
Not that enticing for the less successful players, tbh.
You can find them at press center but it's mixed.PS does anyone know where the doubles prize money rankings can be found? Seems buried.