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USTA's Revamped U.S. Open Prize Money Includes Big Raise For Singles Players

Prize money has increased for every round of the U.S. Open begining this year
Tennis players competing in the singles bracket of the U.S. Open are "getting a big raise this year," including a record $2.6M for each for the men's and women's champion, and $32,000 for everyone losing in the first round, according to Howard Fendrich of the AP. An announcement by the USTA yesterday showed the breakdown of its "across-the-board prize money overhaul," including players' per diems rising to $34.3M, up from last year's $25.5M. Runners-up will get $1.3M (up from $950,000), semifinalists $650,000 (up from $475,000) and quarterfinalists $325,000 (up from $237,500), which "all also are increases" of 37%. Players losing in the "fourth round of singles will be paid $165,000 (up from $120,000), in the third round $93,000 (up from $65,000) and in the second round $53,000 (up from $37,000)." Doubles prize money also will go up about 13%, while "paychecks for qualifying" will rise 37.5% to $1.4M (AP, 7/31).
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