The US Open today announced it’s prize money distribution for their upcoming 2013 event, and the players should be pleased. The tournament will raise prize money levels at least by a whopping 37% over last year for each round. The singles winner will earn a Grand Slam record $2.6 million.
A sign of the times perhaps, the loser in the first round of singles this year will make $32,000 which is $2k more than Jimmy Connors was awarded for his 1976 US Open title. The eight semifinalists will also take home more than Pete Sampras’s $600K for winning in 1996.
Several players have expressed their disenchantment over the prize money at the US Open and at other Slams, but after increases across the board they should be a happier group this year.
The tournament also increased doubles by 12.7% and raised wheelchair competition bringing the total purse of the tournament to a record $34.3M.
The US Open begins August 26.
2013 US OPEN PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN (singles, men & women):
Winner: $2.6 million (a 37% increase)
Runner-up: $1.3 million (a 37% increase)
Semifinalist: $650,000 (a 37% increase)
Quarterfinalist: $325,000 (a 37% increase)
Round of 16: $165,000 (a 38% increase)
Round of 32: $93,000 (a 43% increase)
Round of 64: $53,000 (a 43% increase)
Round of 128: $32,000 (a 39% increase)
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