US Open to break $50mn prize bar­rier

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

New York, US - Prize money at this year's US Open will top US$50mn, or­gan­is­ers con­firmed on Tues­day, 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 US$4mn, tak­ing it up to US$50.4mn in to­tal.

The win­ners of the men's and women's sin­gles will each pocket US$3.7mn, while prize money for each round would in­crease by an av­er­age of 7.5 per cent com­pared to 2016.

The men's and women's dou­bles cham­pi­ons would take home US$675,000 while the purse for the qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment had in­creased to US$2.9 mn - a 49.2 per cent in­crease over last year.

"Five years ago, we com­mit­ted to the play­ers that to­tal player com­pen­sa­tion for play­ers would reach US$50mn at the US Open, and we are hon­our­ing that com­mit­ment," USTA chair­man Ka­t­rina Adams said in a state­ment. This year's US Open will be held from Au­gust 28 to Septem­ber 10.

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