The United States Tennis Association announced on Thursday that the prize pool for this year’s US Open would be a record $60.1 million, with each singles winner receiving $2.6 million, which is double the amount awarded to the runner-up in that event.
The previous record of $57.5 million in prize money was surpassed this year, and an increased focus was placed on increasing rewards for those who participated in earlier rounds.
This results in an increase in prize money for singles competitors in the first round of the main draw of $121,000, bringing the total to $80,000.
These numbers indicate increases of 85 and 57 percent from 2016 respectively.
Following discussions with the player councils of the WTA and ATP, the USTA arrived at the aforementioned values.
During the qualifying rounds, there will be more than $6.25 million given to winners.
The prize money for the doubles winners will be $688,000 each team, which is more than twice as much as the runners-up would get.
The beginning of matches in the main draw of the year’s concluding Grand Slam competition, which will be held on the hardcourts in New York, will take place on August 29.