The 2017 US Open is set to remain the richest purse in tennis, cracking the $50 million dollar mark for the first time in the history of the sport.
The USTA announced yet another major prize money increase for the 2017 US Open. The purse for the tournament received a $4 million dollar boost for the second straight year, bringing it up to a record $50.4 million, a 9-percent increase over the 2016 US Open prize money totals, wtatennis.com has reported.
Once again, the season’s fourth Grand Slam will provide the richest purse in tennis history at this year’s event.
Both the men’s and women’s singles champions will earn $3.7 million, the largest payout in US Open history. The average increase per round for the singles competition is 7.5 percent above the 2016 US Open. Both the men’s and women’s doubles champion teams will earn $675,000, the highest in tournament history, and overall doubles prize money has been increased by 8.6 percent. The US Open Qualifying Tournament will offer more than $2.9 million in prize money, a stunning 49.2 percent increase over 2016.
“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,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board and President.
“In addition to unprecedented prize money increases, players also will see a host of new amenities at this year’s tournament including upgrades to player dining, a more generous meal allowance, upgrades to all player workout facilities, and additional quiet room space. Our goal is to make every experience at the US Open, whether for the players, our fans, or our partners, the best, world-class experience possible.”
This year’s US Open is scheduled for August 28 through September 10, with the US Open Qualifying Tournament beginning on August 22. The USTA is continuing its transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with a new Louis Armstrong Stadium in 2018.
Angelique Kerber is the defending champion, having beaten future WTA World No.1 Karolina Pliskova in the final.