ROME (AP) — Do not count the WTA among those who were either surprised or upset that Simona Halep earned 10 euros (about $12) less than Novak Djokovic did for winning the Italian Open.



Romania's Simona Halep poses with her trophy after beating Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)


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Romania’s Simona Halep poses with her trophy after beating Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

On Tuesday, a day after the two finals in Rome, a spokeswoman for the women’s professional tour — much like the head of the tournament itself — basically shrugged off the discrepancy, chalking it up to a matter of math.

“This comes down to a simple rounding situation, that’s all,” WTA spokeswoman Amy Binder wrote in an email to The Associated Press.

A year ago, the difference between champion checks was much greater: The Italian Open is a

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