The prize pool of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel has evolved over its 30 years, increasing its value to more than $2 million USD.
Mexico City, November the 10th – Prize money is the mainstay of the ATP and WTA Tour tennis tournaments, as it can be translated into earnings for the players who, depending on which round they reach in each competition, receive some sort of payment.
Throughout its 30 years, the Abierto Mexicano Telcel has been able to boost an important economic leap thanks to its evolution in category, as well as the support of its different sponsors.
In its early stages, distributing only $300,000 USD in 1993, this year it stood out with a prize pool of $1,832,890 USD, where champion, Rafael Nadal, was awarded $314,455 USD, while tennis players in the first round received $13,090 USD.
In 1993 the tournament debuted in the Mexican capital as the first ATP in Latin America and in then World Series category, the next year it increased its financial commitment to $325,000 USD. A year later, another five thousand USD were added, an amount that was maintained until 1997, since in 1998 with the arrival of Grupo Pegaso into management, the prize pool was increased to $340 thousand USD.
Although there was no edition in 1999, the AMT achieved one of its greatest monetary leaps for the 2000 edition by distributing $800 thousand USD, since it also moved up to the International Series Gold category of the ATP Tour. In addition, a women’s exhibition tournament was held, as a test for the arrival of the WTA in 2001 along with moving the tournament to Acapulco.
In that historic edition, the prize pool was also $800 thousand USD for the men’s tournament and $170 thousand USD for the women. These amounts were maintained until 2004.
For 2005 there was a reduction to $690 thousand USD for two years and for 2007 it increased again to $794 thousand USD. In 2009, when the Abierto Mexicano Telcel was upgraded once again to ATP 500 and added the WTA International Tournaments, the prize pool increased to $1,226,500 USD.
In 2010 and 2014 it was $1,350,500 USD and for 2015 it exceeded to $1,450,000 USD, with $1.2 million USD for the men’s tournament and $220,000 USD for the women’s tournament.
In 2016 the same amount was maintained and for 2017 it increased to $2,015,615 USD with $1.7 million USD for the players. In 2020 the prize pool went up once again to $2,845,000 USD, of which $372,785 USD went to the champion. While the WTA, which had its last appearance in Acapulco, distributed $251,750 USD.