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US Open prize money rises to record $57.5M

Last updated on: August 24, 2021 23:50 IST
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The US Open, which will welcome back fans this year, starts on August 30.

Despite the overall increase this year, prize money for the two singles winners of the US Open has come down from $3 million to $2.5 million, with the runner-up cheque also reduced to $1.25 million, a decrease of $50,000 from 2020.

IMAGE: Despite the overall increase this year, prize money for the two singles winners of the US Open has come down from $3 million to $2.5 million, with the runner-up cheque also reduced to $1.25 million, a decrease of $50,000 from 2020. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Players at the 2021 US Open will compete for a record $57.5 million in prize money and compensation when the tournament begins Monday.

The USTA, ATP and WTA agreed to the prize structure, which actually decreases the winnings of the men's and women's singles champions from $3 million to $2.5 million and the runners-up to $1.25 million.

 

There's a trade-off, however. Now, the US Open qualifying tournament will have nearly $6 million in prize money -- up 66 percent from 2009. Players competing in the first round will receive $75,000, a hike of 23 percent.

"We determined our round-by-round prize money allocations by engaging in an open dialog with the players and the management of both tours," said Stacey Allaster, the US Open tournament director, in a news release.

"We applaud their collective leadership in directing the 2021 US Open prize money to benefit the maximum number of players."

Round-by-round individual prize money for the US Open:

Singles

Winner: $2.5 million

Runner-Up: $1.25 million

Semi-finalist: $675,000

Quarter-finalist: $425,000

Round of 16: $265,000

Round of 32: $180,000

Round of 64: $115,000

Round of 128: $75,000

Doubles (each team)

Winner: $660,000

Runner-Up: $330,000

Semi-finalist: $164,000

Quarter-finalist: $93,000

Round of 16: $54,000

Round of 32: $34,000

Round of 64: $20,000

Prize money also is increasing for competitors in the mixed doubles and wheelchair categories.

The Open is scheduled to run through September 12.

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