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    US Open champs get USD2.6M, total compensation USD60M

    NEW YORK (AP) – The United States (US) Open singles champions will receive USD2.6 million this year, with total player compensation for the Grand Slam tournament surpassing USD60 million for the first time.

    A larger portion of that total is being allocated to the earlier rounds, the US Tennis Association said recently, following input from the men’s and women’s tour player councils. Players will receive USD80,000 just for making the main draw and USD121,000 for reaching the second round.

    In 2019, the last year before the coronavirus pandemic, the singles champions earned USD3.9 million. A first-round loser got USD58,000 and a player eliminated in the second round earned USD100,000.

    Players will earn USD445,000 for reaching the quarterfinals and USD705,000 for being a semifinalist. The runner-up gets USD1.3 million.

    The doubles championship teams will earn USD688,000.

    The USD60.1 million total surpasses last year’s USD57.5 million total, which was already more than the other three Grand Slam tournaments paid this year. Total prize money for the US Open qualifying tournament has now reached USD6.26 million, with final-round prize money USD44,000.

    This year’s Australian Open purse was about USD52 million, with Wimbledon and the French Open nearly USD49 million.

    Main draw play at the US Open begins on August 29.

    Donna Vekic of Croatia serves during a United States Open tennis match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. PHOTO: AP
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