US Open to break $50 million prize barrier

US Open (File)
US Open (File)

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

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

First round losers are set to pocket $50 000.

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

"Five years ago, we committed to the players that total player compensation for players would reach $50 million at the US Open, and we are honoring that commitment," USTA chairperson Katrina Adams said in a statement.

This year's US Open will be held from August 28 to September 10.

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