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Until a couple of years ago, the Grand Slams used to announce increases in their prize purses in the weeks leading up to the start of each competition. However, the 2020 pandemic changed history forever, and the major tennis events have had to adapt to the new reality, tightening their budgets to be able to get ahead. That includes the 2021 US Open and its current prize money.
On this occasion, and a few days before the start of the last major of the year to be played in New York, the US Open has announced the decision to reduce its prize money for the champions by 35% less than in 2019, the last time it allowed spectators. However, and also in an effort to help lower-ranked players, the star event of the tennis summer confirmed that the prize money for qualifying and the first three rounds of the main draw has been increased.
The new prize distribution
A year after banning fans entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic and reducing prize money due to lost revenue, the USTA revealed it will increase total player compensation to a record $57.5 million. This is $300,000 more than the 2019 edition ($57.2 million). In 2020, the purse was $53.4 million.
Thus, the men’s and women’s singles title winners will receive $2.5 million each. That’s down 35% from $3 million last year and $3.85 million two years ago. This means this year’s prize money at Flushing Meadows is the lowest amount since 2012 when champions Andy Murray and Serena Williams received $1.9 million each.
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As for the finalists, each one will receive $1.25 million, a decrease of $250,000 from 2020 ($1.5 million) and $750,000 less than in 2019 ($1.9 million). Likewise, this is the lowest since $950,000 in 2012.
In 2020, the US Open qualifying phase was suspended due to the pandemic. But in this edition, it already began on Tuesday 24 August and, unlike the main tournament, spectator entry is banned. It will be awarded almost $6 million in total, reflecting an increase of $3.5 million compared to 2019.
Other increases in individual tournaments
🔷The first round prize is $75,000 (+23% from $61,000 in 2020 and +29% from $58,000 in 2019).
🔶The second round will award $115,000, compared to $100,000 in 2020 and 2019.
🔷Third round payments rise to $180,000, up from $163,000 in 2020 and 2019.
🔶Total prize money will increase for each tournament competition in singles, doubles, mixed doubles, and adapted (wheelchair) tennis, the USTA said.
“We determined our round-by-round prize money allocations by engaging in open dialogue with the players and management of both tours,” affirmed tournament director Stacey Allaster in a statement issued by the USTA.
There will be major absentees in the men’s draw including defending champion Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. US Open action gets underway on 30 August with Novak Djokovic, the overwhelming favorite to win the title.
If he succeeds, he will become the first player to complete the Grand Slam in a calendar year since Rod Laver in 1969. He would also win his 21st major, breaking the current tie of 20 titles which he holds with Federer and Nadal.
In the women’s singles, defending champion Japanese Naomi Osaka will be looking for her fifth Grand Slam title. However, the scales currently point to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, the world No. 1, as the top favorite in the women’s tournament.
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