Prize Money For US Open Crosses $60 Million, How Much Will Winners Take Home?

Less than two weeks is remaining before the US Open, the last grand slam of the year, kickstarts at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. For the first time in its history, the prize money purse has crossed $60 million bettering the last year’s compensation of $57.5 million.

The US Open singles winner, in both men’s and women’s categories, will take $2.6 million home, while the runner-ups will get a check of $1.3 million – an increase of $100, 000 from the last year.

The USTA has announced that the 2022 US Open will award over $60 million in prize money — the most in the history of the event 🎾

The amount is up from last year’s record $57.5 million.

— Front Office Sports (@FOS) August 18, 2022

The biggest beneficiaries of the inflated purse will be lower-ranked players, who usually get knocked out in the early stages of the game. An amount of $80,000 will be given to players who suffer the first-round exit, while those reaching the second round will secure $121,000 in prize money.

Breakdown Of Singles Prize Money

Place Prize Money
Champion $2.6 million
Runner Up $1.3 million
Semifinalist $705,000
Quarterfinalist $445,000
Fourth Round $278,000
Third Round $188,000
Second Round $121,000
First Round $80,000

“Main draw payouts are now set at $80,000 for the first round and $121,000 for the second round, an 85% and 57% increase since 2016, respectively,” read a statement from the USTA. 

US Open prize pool confirmed at more than $60m.

First-round losers in singles get $80,000 (around £66k), making it even more lucrative than Wimbledon.

[Albeit a lot of that is due to the weak pound.]

— James Gray (@jamesgraysport) August 18, 2022

Unlike in other sports, there’s no pay disparity between gender. For reaching the semi-finals, the players will earn $705,000. The champions of the doubles category will take home $688,000, while the runner-ups will get exactly half of that amount. 

Among four grand slams, the US Open always had the biggest prize pots. Only Australian Open has a purse of over $50 million, while both French Open and Wimbledon pay around $49 million to the participants.

Breakdown Of Doubles Prize Money

Place Prize Money
Champion $688,000
Runner Up $344,000
Semifinalist $172,000
Quarterfinalist $97,500
Third Round $56,400
Second Round $35,800
First Round $21,300

In the men’s category, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev are prime contenders for this year’s tournament. With Novak Djokovic already out due to his vaccine status and Rafael Nadal yet to overcome the injury, the US Open may have a new winner this time. 

With Nadal’s loss today, Daniil Medvedev is guaranteed to be the #1 seed at the US Open 2022, which makes him the first #1 seed at a Grand Slam ouside of the Big 4 since Andy Roddick (Australian Open 2004).

— kr9pton (@kr9ptonlul) August 18, 2022

In the women’s category, all eyes will be on the likes of Iga Swiatek, Simona Halep, and Paula Badosa. Serena Williams, the six-time US Open singles champion, will be playing her last tournament in front of the home crowd. 

Lead image: US Open/Twitter

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