- US Open singles winners earn $2.6 million each.
- The total prize pool exceeds $60 million for the first time.
Prize money will rain down on the Flushing Meadows’ courts when the US Open kicks off on Aug. 29, with total player compensation exceeding $60 million for the first time.
US Open betting odds have Novak Djokovic (+160) and Iga Swiatek (+200) as the clear favorites in the men’s and women’s draws.
Let’s for a moment assume Djokovic will not be playing – which is the case unless the US government changes its stance on unvaccinated foreigners – Daniil Medvedev (+275) would usurp Djokovic as the favorite on the men’s side.
If Swiatek and Medvedev live up to their favorite status and win the US Open, both will receive $2.6 million. Not a bad payday for the eventual winners, whoever they are. Winners in 2020 earned even more, snatching $3 million each.
In comparison, Wimbledon winners earn about $2.5 million, French Open champions take $2.35 million, while the Australian Open awards its winners $2.07 million.
The total prize purse was $57.5 million in 2021, so the 2022 US Open sees a $2.5 million increase.
Where the Prize Money Increased Most
A couple of years ago, the USTA decided to spread the wealth across the board slightly more proportionally, slicing $500,000 off the winners’ purse for the 2021 US Open.
Winners of the 2022 tournament are set to earn $100,000 more than last year but not as much as the staggering $3 million handed in 2020.
Most of the overall prize-pool increase goes to first and second-round participants. First-round losers make a swift $80,000, an outstanding consolation for such an early exit.
However, let’s not forget how challenging it is to qualify for the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament. A first-round loss signifies the end of a long, arduous, yet low-profile journey that precedes the main draw.
Second-round losers pocket $121,000, while those who trip at the final stage of qualification before the first round earn $44,000.
The prize pot for first-round losers has jumped by 85% since 2016, while second-round losers earn 57% more.
The runners-up purse sees the losing finalist make $1.3 million, increasing marginally from the $1.25 million handed out in 2021. Semifinalists will make $705,000 compared to $675,000 in 2021.
Remaining Draws Share $17.5 Million
Doubles participants ($6.9 million) and those trying to qualify ($6.25 million) share the bulk of the remaining $17.5 million. The rest is spread among the mixed doubles and wheelchair participants, along with other miscellaneous players’ expenses.
Suffice to say, burgeoning players can make a name for themselves while setting themselves up financially for a week or so of top-notch tennis.
US Open Prize Money at Different Stages
|Men's/Women's Singles (Per Player)||Totals|
|Round of 16||$278,00|
|Round of 32||$188,000|
|Round of 64 (Second Round)||$121,000|
|Round of 128 (First Round)||$80,000|
|Men's/Women's Doubles (Per Team)||Totals|
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