La ITF estudiará a partir de marzo un fuerte incremento de los ‘prize money’ en el circuito Future e ITF Women´s

La Federación Internacional de Tenis (ITF) ha remitido una carta a diferentes profesionales vinculadas al Circuito Future e ITF Women´s en la que advierte de su intención  de abordar importantes reformas en el Circuito Future e ITF Women´s a partir del curso que viene, 2016. La propia ITF adelanta que su intención es debatir esas medidas en una reunión a celebrar el próximo mes de marzo. En la misiva, la ITF hace referencia a una encuesta que ha realizado entre los profesionales del sector y adelanta que entre las medidas que propondrá para ser aprobadas se incluye un importante incremento del ‘prize money’ para los torneos que se encuentran en la base de la pirámide del tenis profesional.

En ese sentido, la propuesta de la ITF propone subir los premios desde los 15.000 + H en el Future a los 25.000 $ +H mientras que en el circuito ITF Women´s establece una nueva escala de premios que irán desde los 15.000 $ + H a 125.000 $ + Hospitalidad. El organismo internacional establece además un tope de 10.000 $ en el coste para los torneos en concepto de hospitalidad. Además, quiere incluir medidas que favorezcan la concentración de torneos por área geográfica además de establecer la posibilidad de jugar torneos prácticamente todas las semanas. Por último, la ITF también adelanta su intención de establecer una serie de medidas que favorezcan la transición entre el tenis junior y el circuito profesional


Por su interés, reproducimos la carta que la ITF ha enviado íntegramente (en inglés)

As you may know, the ITF has been undertaking a full review of the Pro Circuit structure to fully understand the current situation below Tour level and how best to: improve entry onto the performance pathway, increase prize money, raise event standards and ensure developing nations have the best opportunity to produce world class players.

That project has included a full data review and a player survey which over 8,000 players, coaches, National Associations and tournament organisers responded to.

Both have now been completed and copies are available to download from the ITF Pro Circuit website

Non-player survey results:
Player survey results:
Presentation (Data Analysis):

This invaluable project has established a number of key understandings that are helping us to make effective and necessary changes to the ITF Pro Circuit.

It is clear that while prize money levels need to rise, particularly for lower ranked players, the numbers of those competing on the Pro Circuit are unsustainably high. In 2013 there were almost 14,000 male and female players competing, of whom over 6,000 failed to earn any prize money.

The average cost, not including coaching, of competing last year was $38,800 for male players and $40,180 for female players. The distribution and levels of prize money in the professional game meant that the break even point on the combined singles and doubles earnings list (i.e. the point where average costs met actual earnings) was 336 for men and 253 for women in 2013.

The ITF believes that changes are needed to address this issue of affordability for those competing below the top 100, whilst ensuring that we do not limit the ability of all nations, especially those developing tennis nations, to offer domestic tennis opportunities for players to transition to professional tennis.

At the next ITF Board meeting in March, we will be putting forward, for approval, a series of proposed measures that we believe will help address these issues.

These proposed measures will include:

Men’s Pro Circuit: Initial two levels rise to 15K+H* and 25K +H*.
Women’s Pro Circuit: Levels rise to $15k+H*, $25k+H*, $60k/$60k+H, $90k/$90k+H and $125k/$125k+H.
*Hospitality to take the form of a per diem for all players, capped at a maximum cost to the organiser of $10,000.
ITF and Grand Slam Development funds to be used to support increases in key developing nations

To ensure that the prize money increases are as effective as possible in benefiting the right players within the right ranking bands, each new prize money category will:
Have a set number of job opportunities each week
Be geographically spread
Benefit from clear play down rules

At the same time as finalising increases to prize money, the ITF sees merit in the introduction of a new entry level to the professional player pathway and is actively assessing the concept with both Tours. This level of new tournaments, offering qualifying or merit points to players to enable them to progress on to Pro Circuits, would look to:
Ensure adequate levels of opportunity for emerging players, especially those transitioning from junior tennis
Support domestic tennis opportunities in developing nations who may be priced out of hosting events by the proposed prize money increases
Ensure that the gap from juniors to pros remains realistic and bridgeable for those players with high potential
Set out a progressive pathway for players aspiring to a career as professional players

The proposed changes outlined would represent the largest investment into the entry levels of professional tennis in the Open era and would potentially allow another 150-200 players to break even and hundreds more reduce their costs and increase earnings. It is intended that changes to the structure will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the models continue to deliver against our objectives.

The proposals have been created in conjunction with both Tours and national associations and the final details will be discussed further in January 2015 before being put to the ITF Board for final approval.

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