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2012 US Open base prize money tops $25 million for the first time

July 11, 2012 10:56 AM
A five-time finalist, including in each of the last four year, Novak Djokovic won his US Open title in 2011.
Australia's Samantha Stosur is the defending US Open women's singles champion.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The USTA today announced that the 2012 US Open purse has been increased by more than two million dollars to reach a record $25.5 million. Additionally, the top three men’s and top three women’s finishers in the Emirates Airline US Open Series may earn up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the US Open, depending on their performance over the course of the summer Series. With this bonus money, the total US Open prize money could potentially reach $28.1 million.
 
To support the majority of players, for 2012, prize money has been increased by a minimum of 18% for the first three rounds of the main singles draw.
 
"We recognize the mounting financial pressures associated with competing on the global professional tennis circuits and especially for those who do not reach the second week of the US Open. We believe the additional prize money, as well as how it will be strategically distributed, will help alleviate some of the pressure," said Jon Vegosen, USTA Chairman of the Board and President.
 
Both the men’s and women’s US Open singles champions will earn a record $1.9 million with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money (for a total $2.9 million potential payout) based on their performances in the Emirates Airline US Open Series.
 
US Open Base Prize Money
 
The 2012 US Open purse includes an 11% overall increase in men’s and women’s main draw singles prize money over last year's total. First round main draw singles prize money has been increased by 21%, and second round main draw singles prize money has been increased by 19%. In all, 224 of the 256 main draw singles players (87% of the main draw singles players) will receive an increase in prize money of at least 18%.
 
For the 40th consecutive year, the USTA will offer equal prize money to both men and women - a Grand Slam first and US Open tradition dating back to 1973. All players also receive per diem payments to help offset the cost of accommodations and other expenses.
 
For the singles winners of the 2012 US Open, the base prize amounts are as follows: $1.9 million for the US Open champions, $950,000 for finalists, $475,000 for semifinalists and $237,500 for quarterfinalists.
 
US Open Bonus Prize Money
 
The Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge rewards the top three men’s and top three women’s finishers each year with bonus prize money at the US Open and has resulted in the largest paychecks in tennis history for men (2007 – Roger Federer, $2.4 million) and women (2005, 2010 – Kim Clijsters, $2.2 million). The USTA will offer up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the US Open to the top three men’s and top three women’s singles finishers in the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Players must earn points in at least two Series events in order to be eligible for bonus prize money at the US Open. More than $7.7 million in bonus prize money has been awarded since the Series began in 2004.
 
The potential purse totals are as follows for the top three Emirates Airline US Open Series finishers, bonuses included::
 
For the 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge champions: $2.9 million for winning the 2012 US Open, $1.45 million for being a 2012 US Open finalist, $725,000 for semifinalists, $362,500 for quarterfinalists.
 
For the 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge second place finishers: $2.4 million for winning the 2012 US Open, $1.2 million for being a 2012 US Open finalist, $600,000 for semifinalists, $300,000 for quarterfinalists.
 
For the 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge third place finishers: $2.15 million for winning the 2012 US Open, $1.075 million for being a 2012 US Open finalist, $537,500 for semifinalists, $268,750 for quarterfinalists.
 

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