Incredible prize money revealed for UTS Final in London with one name chasing huge windfall
The Ultimate Tennis Showdown Final is coming to London next month and the impressive prize money on offer has now been revealed.
Andrey Rublev, Gael Monfils and Casper Ruud will all be playing at London’s ExCel Arena from December 15-17, with Great Britain’s Jack Draper and top 10 star Holger Rune also set to take part.
Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) is the world’s newest, most exciting, innovative tennis league, playing an entirely reinvented game format.
The year-round league was founded by Patrick Mouratoglou, who previously coached WTA legend Serena Williams and is now the coach of 2-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep and young Danish star Holger Rune.
“If we look at the demographics, our average age fan is 40-years-old, so 21 years younger than the average tennis fan,” Mouratoglou told Tennis365 as he spoke about the UTS fanbase.
“Half of our fans are non-tennis fans, which shows we have brought new people to tennis through UTS, which is the goal.
“It is clearly the goal to recruit new fans to the sport. This is clearly an incredible sport, but we showcase it in a way that is more modern and that fits better the criteria of what the new generation watches in general.
“It is the same fan base since the 1970s and 1980s. It’s me! I was ten at the time and now I am 53 and this is the fanbase of tennis.
“If we don’t renew the fan base and don’t bring in new people, it is going to fade away. That’s a fact. All the studies that have been made show the same thing.
“Everybody knows that, but it is difficult to make drastic changes as all the traditional fans will be upset. That is why I did UTS.”
These stellar names will be competing in the UTS London Final will be chasing huge case prizes, with a massive $500,000 bonus on offer for the winner.
This mega cash pot will be available for players who have taken part in four UTS events around the world this year and qualified for the finale in London.
If Monfils wins the UTS Final in London by claiming victory in all three round-robin matches and going to lift the title, the Frenchman will collect the $500,000 bonus. In total, he would win $922,000 if he wins all his matches in London and becomes the overall UTS Grand Final champion.
If Rublev wins after playing in UTS events this year, he will get a $250,000 bonus
Should wildcard Draper win, he will collect $125,000 extra bonus as this will be his first UTS event of 2023.
- The timer stops during the 3-minute changeover at the end of each quarter.
- The 1st player to win 3 QTS wins the match. If both players are tied at 2 QTs apiece, the 5th QT is played in a ‘Sudden Death’ format*
- The ‘Sudden Death’ is a dramatic cliffhanger where the first player to win two consecutive points wins the match. Every point from the second point onwards is a match point during the Sudden Death.
- During the quarter, Players serve two points each: player A serves for two points, then player B serves for two points, then player A serves for two points again.
- As a major change designed to reduce downtime and create more rallies, UTS players are allowed one serve only per point: missing the serve results in losing the point.
- Finally, the ‘No-Let’ rule during serve will be in effect.
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