In the Grand Slam prize money arms race, the US Open moved ahead announcing a total pot of $42.3M for the 2015 event. Winners of the singles will each earn a record $3.3M. And first round losers will walk away with $39,500.
The $3.3M is about the same amount the tournament offered in total prize money in 1986. And the $39,500 in first round money is $500 more than John McEnroe earned for beating Vitas Gerulaitis in the 1979 US Open final.
The total prize money is a 10% increase over 2014.
“We continue our commitment to ensure that the US Open offers one of the most lucrative purses in all of sports,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams. “As we have stated, total player compensation at the US Open will reach $50 million by 2017.”
This year’s US Open is scheduled for August 31 through September 13, with the US Open Qualifying Tournament beginning on August 25.
ESPN will have exclusive first-ball to last-ball coverage in the U.S. including Friday men’s semifinals, Saturday women’s and the Sunday men’s final.
2015 Round-by-Round US Open Prize Money:
Round of 16: $213,575
Round of 32: $120,200
Round of 64: $68,600
Round of 128: $39,500
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