The 2017 US Open will become the first tennis event to top $50 million in prize money, after a nine percent increase, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said on Tuesday.
Champions of the men’s and women’s singles will earn $3.7 million, while runners-up will pocket $1.825 million.
In the men’s and women’s doubles, winners are set to earn $675,000 each, which also represnts the highest in US Open history.
“Five years ago, we committed to the players that total player compensation for players would reach $50 million at the US Open, and we are honouring that commitment,” Katrina Adams, USTA President, said in a statement.
“In addition to unprecedented prize money increases, players also will see a host of new amenities at this year’s tournament including upgrades to player dining, a more generous meal allowance, upgrades to all player workout facilities, and additional quiet room space.
“Our goal is to make every experience at the US Open, whether for the players, our fans, or our partners, the best, world-class experience possible.”
The qualifying tournament for the season’s final grand slam will see more than $2.9 million in prize money, representing a 49.2 percent increase from 2016.
The US Open starts from 28 August to 10 September at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, New York.
2017 US Open Prize Money
Round of 16: $253,625
Round of 32: $144,000
Round of 64: $86,000
Round of 128: $50,000
Round of 16: $44,000
Round of 32: $26,500
Round of 64: $16,500