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US Open prize money to top $40 million in 2015

Marin Cilic celebrates after winning the 2014 US Open.

The US Open singles champions earn a place in tennis history, elegant trophies designed by Tiffany and Co. – and, in 2015, a record winner’s check that registers over $3 million.

US Open prize money in 2015 will surpass $40 million for the first time, at $42.3 million – a 10.5 percent increase over 2014. And the men’s and women’s singles champions will receive the largest payout in US Open history, $3.3 million, a figure that could increase if they earn US Open bonus prize money based on their results at this summer’s Emirates Airline US Open Series.

In 2014, women’s singles champion Serena Williams took home $4 million, the biggest single payday in tennis history. She earned $3 million as the US Open singles champion and $1 million in bonus prize money as the 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s champion. The top three finishers in the Series are eligible for bonus prize money, which could increase the 2015 US Open purse to as much as $44.6 million.

Overall, US Open prize money has increased by 67 percent over the last three years, with more to come in the future.

“We continue our commitment to ensure that the US Open offers one of the most lucrative purses in all of sports,” said USTA President and US Open Chairwoman Katrina Adams. “As we have stated, total player compensation at the US Open will reach $50 million by 2017.”

For 2015, the singles compensation for each round will increase by at least 10 percent. Doubles prize money will increase by 8.4 percent overall, with the men’s and women’s doubles champions earning $570,000, the most in US Open history. Also, prize money for the US Open Qualifying Tournament has increased to $1.7 million, a 12 percent raise over 2014.

Here is a look at the round-by-round individual prize money for the 2015 US Open:

Singles:            

Winner:$3,300,000  
Runner-Up: $1,600,000   
Semifinalist: $805,000  
Quarterfinalist: $410,975 
Round of 16: $213,575   
Round of 32: $120,200
Round of 64:   $68,600   
Round of 128:$39,500


Doubles (each team):

Winners:$570,000  
Runners-Up: $275,000   
Semifinalists: $133,150  
Quarterfinalists: $67,675
Round of 16: $35,025
Round of 32: $21,700
Round of 64:   $14,200  


The 2015 US Open is scheduled to run Monday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 13, with the US Open Qualifying Tournament beginning on Aug. 25. 

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