The 2017 U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing will have the highest total prize money in tennis history at $50.4 million. A record $3.7 million will go to the men’s and women’s single champions and $50,000 to players who lose in the first round.
The tournament began yesterday and will continue for two full weeks.
The total purse has increased about $4 million from a year ago, or roughly 9 percent. The US Open becomes the first tennis tournament in history with the total prize-money compensation surpassing $50 million.
“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 honoring that commitment.” said USTA President Katrina Adams.
The singles competition has seen an increase of 7.5% per round from last year, and the overall doubles prize money is increasing by 8.6%, with the men’s and women’s double champions taking home $675,000, which is the highest in US Open history.
The US Open Qualifying Tournament has also seen a big bump in pay, increasing an unprecedented 49.2%, with total prize money now totaling more than $2.9 million dollars.
Besides the boost in prize money, the US Open players will also enjoy new amenities this year, including upgrades to Player Dining, a more generous meal allowance, along with upgrades to all player workout facilities.
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
Source: US Open