Prize money up more than $550,000 at U.S. Open; could top $20 million
Prize money up more than $550,000 at U.S. Open; could top $20 millionJuly 7, 2005
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- Total U.S. Open prize money is rising more than $550,000 from last year to at least $17.74 million, and the men's and women's singles champions will each get a record $1.1 million.
The overall payout for singles players will increase 4.6 percent, the U.S. Tennis Association announced Thursday.
In 2004, the singles champions each received $1 million of the total $17.17 million, a figure that includes per diems given to players but doesn't include the roughly $500,000 fees given to the ATP and WTA tours. The total prize money could eventually top $20 million, because the top three men and women in the summer circuit US Open Series will receive bonuses. The No. 1 performers in the US Open Series will double their Grand Slam prize money, so if they win the Aug. 29-Sept. 11 tournament, they'll earn $2.2 million. Last year, $459,000 in US Open Series bonuses were distributed.