The event went without spectators last year, with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) lowering the prize money to $ 53.4 million due to lost revenue.
Despite the overall increase this year, the cash prizes for the two singles winners fell from $ 3 million to $ 2.5 million, with the finalist check also being reduced to $ 1.25 million, a down $ 50,000 from 2020.
“The past year has been a very difficult year for all of us, and the pandemic has had a profound impact on the financial health of the USTA,” said USTA CEO and Executive Director Mike Dowse.
“Yet we have worked – and continue to work – extremely hard to ensure that tennis continues to thrive in the long term at all levels, and this work has led to over four million new and returning players to participate in the tournament. tennis in 2020. “
Round 1 payouts stand at $ 75,000, a 23% jump from 2020, while Round 2 prizes jump to $ 115,000 from $ 100,000.
The USTA added that the prize money has also been increased in the doubles, mixed doubles and wheelchair events.
The US Open, which will welcome fans again this year, kicks off on August 30.
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