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Female tennis champ won US$38k more than Federer

Radwanska scooped US$446,778 at Dubai tournament

Female tennis champ won US$38k more than Federer
Female tennis champ won US$38k more than Federer
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia during their ATP Qatar Open tennis match at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha on January 3, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis
Championships is one of the few tennis tournaments in the world where the
female contenders earn more prize money than their male counterparts, a move
specifically designed by the organisers to help attract top female talent to
the region.

Women’s champion, world
number five Agnieszka Radwanska, won US$446,778 when she was victorious last month, which was
nearly ten percent more than the US$409,170 Roger Federer took home after his
victory this weekend.

“I think we were the first after
some of the Grand Slams [to offer more money to women],” Colm McLoughlin,
executive vice chairman of organisers Dubai Duty Free (DDF), told Arabian
Business
.

McLoughlin said the players’
representatives - the Association of Tennis Professional (ATP) and the Women’s
Tennis Association (WTA) - were both given $2m and it was up to each
organisation to decide how it was distributed. Official figures show that the
women’s association distributed more of its cash fund back to the players than
its male counterpart. The WTA gave out US$1,159,235, or 58 percent, of its US$2m
funding to its top winning players, while the ATP awarded US$978,495, or 49
percent.

Women players began competing in
the tournament 12 years ago and McLoughlin said the motivation behind the
disparity in winning cheques is to encourage the top female players of the day
to come and compete in the Middle East. “We thought it would be the last place
in the world it might be expected,” he added.

Below is a full breakdown of the prize money at this year’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships:

Women’s Tennis Association (Total funding: US$2 million)

Women’s Singles Winner: US$446,778

Women’s Singles Finalist: US$242,815

Women’s Singles Semi-Finalist: US$130,148

Women’s Singles Quarter Finalist: US$32,461

Women’s Singles Round 16 Finalist: US$17,872

Women’s Singles Round 32 Finalist: US$10,030

Women’s Singles Qualifier 3rd Round Finalist: US$4,842

Women’s Singles Qualifier 2nd Round Finalist: US$2,599

Women’s Singles Qualifier 1st Round Finalist: US$1,422

Women’s Doubles Winners: US$134,952

Women’s Doubles Finalists: US$71,122

Women’s Doubles Semi-Finalists: US$36,474

Women’s Doubles Quarter Finalists: US$18,236

Women’s Doubles Round 16 Finalists: US$9,484

Association of Tennis Professionals (Total funding: US$2 million)

Men’s Singles Winner: US$409,170

Men’s Singles Finalist: US$184,470

Men’s Singles Semi-Finalist: US$87,380

Men’s Singles Quarter Finalist: US$42,165

Men’s Singles Round 16 Finalist: US$21,500

Men’s Singles Round 32 Finalist: US$11,825

Men’s Singles Qualifier 2nd Round Finalist: US$1,330

Men’s Singles Qualifier 1st Round Finalist: U$735

Men’s Doubles Winners: US$120,850

Men’s Doubles Finalists: US$54,540

Men’s Doubles Semi-Finalists: US$25,720

Men’s Doubles Quarter Finalists: US$12,430

Men’s Doubles Round 16 Finalists: US$6,380

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