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Money, money, money! US Open to break $50 million prize barrier

It remains the richest event in tennis.

Stan Wawrinka won the men's title last year.
Stan Wawrinka won the men's title last year.
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PRIZE MONEY AT this year’s US Open will top $50 million (€43.3 million), organisers have confirmed, once again making the tournament the richest event in tennis.

The United States Tennis Association said in a statement that the tournament purse had been increased by $4 million, taking it up to $50.4 million in total.

The winners of the men’s and women’s singles will each pocket $3.7 million, while prize money for each round would increase by an average of 7.5 percent compared to 2016.

The men’s and women’s doubles champions would take home $675,000 while the purse for the qualifying tournament had increased to $2.9 million — a 49.2 percent increase over last year.

“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,” USTA chairman Katrina Adams said in a statement.

This year’s US Open will be held from August 28 to September 10.

© – AFP 2017

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