Singles champions at the U.S. Open tennis tournament will leave New York in September with a fatter wallet than last year’s victors.
Winners of the men’s and women’s brackets will each earn $3.8 million, an increase of $100,000 from 2017, according to the United States Tennis Association. Total prize money across all the divisions will total a record $53 million.
The runners-up in the singles divisions will each receive $1.85 million. The winning teams in both men’s and women’s doubles will share $700,000, according to the USTA.
In 1973, this tournament became the first to offer equal prize money to male and female competitors, the organization said.
The total $53 million purse for the 2018 US Open is more than a 5 percent increase on the $50.4 million offered in 2017. Prize money at the U.S. Open has increased by 57 percent since 2013, the USTA said.
The tournament is scheduled to run Aug. 27-Sept. 9 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. This year marks the tournament’s 50th anniversary.
—Field Level Media