US Open Tennis Prize Money: How Much Do Winners Make?

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Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, holds the championship trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, in the men's singles final of the US Open tennis championships, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York.
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Gary Pearson @newagejourno Aug 22, 2022, 2:16 PM
  • 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
Winner $688,000
Runner-up $344,000
Third Round$56,400
Second Round $35,800
First Round$21,300
Total $6,943,200

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Gary Pearson

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Gary Pearson is a freelance sports writer who contributes regularly to BetMGM, specializing in hockey, tennis and soccer coverage.

Gary Pearson is a freelance sports writer who contributes regularly to BetMGM, specializing in hockey, tennis and soccer coverage.