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The US Open singles champions will each take home $2.6 million in prize money this year


The US Open singles champions will receive $2.6 million this year, with total player compensation for the Grand Slam tournament exceeding $60 million for the first time.

More of that total is allocated to earlier rounds, the American Tennis Association said Thursday, following feedback from players’ boards on the men’s and women’s tour. Players will receive $80,000 just for making the main draw and $121,000 for reaching the second round.

In 2019, the last year before the coronavirus pandemic, the singles champions earned $3.9 million. A first round loser received $58,000 and a player eliminated in the second round won $100,000.

Emma Raducanu celebrates after winning the women's singles title last year at the US Open

Emma Raducanu celebrates after winning the women’s singles title last year at the US Open

In the men's half of the table, Daniil Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic in the final last year

In the men's half of the table, Daniil Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic in the final last year

In the men’s half of the table, Daniil Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic in the final last year

Players will win $445,000 for reaching the quarter-finals and $705,000 for being a semi-finalist. The finalist receives $1.3 million.

The doubles championship teams will earn $688,000.

The $60.1 million total exceeds last year’s total of $57.5 million, which was already more than the other three Grand Slams paid out this year. The total prize money for the US Open qualifying tournament has now reached $6.26 million, with a final round prize of $44,000.

Serena Williams plays her last tournament at the US Open, before retiring

Serena Williams plays her last tournament at the US Open, before retiring

Serena Williams plays her last tournament at the US Open, before retiring

US Open chiefs have revealed the prize money for this year's event, and it topped $60 million

US Open chiefs have revealed the prize money for this year's event, and it topped $60 million

US Open chiefs have revealed the prize money for this year’s event, and it topped $60 million

The main draw begins Aug. 29 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with Serena Williams the biggest buildup story as she prepares to play in her final tournament before retiring.

Young Briton Emma Raducanu, the defending champion, will return to defend her crown, while on the men’s side Novak Djokovic is the favorite – although it is not yet clear whether he will be allowed to compete in the United States.

In his absence, Daniil Medvedev is the highest-ranked men’s singles player.

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