The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on the WTA Tour 2020’s Top 10 Bounty Tennis Players list, in the absence of big names.
The list of Top 10 tennis players who hunt for bonuses for the WTA Tour 2020 is really no surprise, when both world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and the legendary 23-time Grand Slam women’s singles champion Serena Williams are absent.
Serena Williams made $ 1,091,151 so she ranked only 11 on the WTA Tour 2020’s list of bounty tennis players. Ashleigh Barty ranked 12 with $ 1,078,902. Replacing them, this roster features two brand-new Grand Slam champions Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek.
10. Elise Mertens (Belgium) – $ 1,123,558
Application: $ 999,904.
Pair: $ 123,654.
The Belgian finished the year at number 20 in the world and became the only one in the WTA Tour 2020’s Top 10 bounty tennis players to fail to reach the $ 1 million mark from the singles bonus. She won twice at WTA International in Prague and Linz, entered the US Open quarterfinals and the fourth round of the Australian Open. She earned quite a bit from doubles.
9. Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) – $ 1,239,684
Application: $ 1,112,700.
Pair: $ 126,984.
Sabalenka won 3 awards in 2020, including the Qatar Open, Ostrava Open and Linz Open. In Ostrava, she also won the women’s doubles with Mertens. In the Grand Slams, she reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and US Open.
8. Jennifer Brady (United States) – $ 1,319,956
Application: $ 1,245,741.
Pair: $ 74,215.
The American tennis player reached the peak of his career later this year at 24th, but only won 1 women’s singles award. However, that victory opened the door for a spectacular breakout. Brady was crowned at Lexington Challenger and then entered the US Open semi-finals, where she lost to Naomi Osaka – the tennis player then crowned the championship.
7. Petra Kvitova (Czech) – $ 1,505,967
Applications: $ 1,505,967.
Pair: $ 6,550.
Wimbledon won twice, but she did not win any in 2020 when she only won runner-up in Qatar. However, she performed quite well at the Grand Slams: In the semi-finals of Roland Garros, quarter-finals of the Australian Open and round 4 of the US Open.