Russian tennis player Veronika Kudermetova told how tennis players make money.
– At the beginning of the year, I showed good results. I earned myself a financial cushion in these tournaments. This is the main difference between tennis and other sports: how much you have worked, so much you have earned. If you win, you get good money; if you lose, you get little money. Other sports have a fixed salary, regardless of whether you play or sit on the bench.
The athlete supports himself. From this year on, the federation began to help us. How does this happen? You fly to the tournament, return, report on tickets, accommodation, meals, and then you will be reimbursed for expenses within the budget allocated for you. The sums do not cover everything, but nevertheless, you can reallocate your prize money and invest in strengthening your team and the training process. And this is very important. You've probably noticed what huge teams top players carry with them.
They say that tennis players earn a lot, but they also spend a lot. If something happens or you just can't perform well, then you just start spending and spending what you earned. About how much you need to invest in order to break out to this level, I generally keep quiet – this, to put it mildly, is very difficult. Therefore, the expenses also include an amount for sponsors who once invested a lot of money in you.
US Open? The hotel needs at least two rooms, it costs $ 320 per day. We live for a week, plus round-trip tickets. In total, it comes out about 20 thousand dollars. You have to beat them off with prize money – the better you perform, the more you earn. Yes, you spend more, but you still remain in the black. There are only four “grand slams” a year, where you earn the main money, which you distribute for a year. At other tournaments, the prize money is much less, – said Kudermetova.
At the US Open, 24-year-old Veronica Kudermetova could not overcome the first round. The Russian woman lost in three games to the representative of Romania Sorana-Michaela Kyrste – 6: 7, 6: 3, 0: 6.