Outspoken Noah Rubin responds to US Open record prize money announcement
Journeyman tennis pro and champion of players rights Noah Rubin has again questioned how prize money is distributed in tennis after the announcement from the US Open that their prize fund would break all records this year
Noah Rubin reached a career high ATP Ranking of 125 in 2008 and this year has won $126k in prize money which may seem a lot to some people, but when you take into account all of his costs, then he won’t be left with much to live on. And that is one of Rubin’s main gripes with the life of a professional tennis player. This and more are discussed in a regular series of interviews for his ‘Behind the Racquet‘ series that delves into the lesser publicised world of being a tennis pro.
This time Rubin is aiming to highlight the disparity between prize money at the Grand Slams versus the lower ranking tournaments that he most often plays. Following the announcement that the US Open will offer a world record prize fund of over $57m in total at the 2019 championships Rubin has brought people’s attention to the fact that this week he’ll be playing at a Challenger tournament in Binghampton, New York , USA where the total prize fund is $54,160 and the winner will receive $7,200.
Rubin asked people how much prize money they thought he would be earning at the tournament in a Twitter post here:
And what will I get at Binghamton next week? ? https://t.co/9c99SYbEZj
— Noah Rubin (@Noahrubin33) July 19, 2019
Rubin previously alluded to the financial challenges facing tennis players in the very first post he made for Behind the Racquet:
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“To let down the people closest to me, my friends and family, is my most daunting fear. From an early age I was pretty aware about how many lives I affected. How many people had to sacrifice time, energy and money. The idea that it may not be worth it, or there might not be a way to repay them, haunts me at times. It’s what will take me to that next level, or break me, but to impact the world you cannot let that happen and I won’t.”
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