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Boost for US Open as prize money increased

ESPN staff
July 31, 2013
Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012, but would receive more prize money if he retains his title in September © PA Photos

All singles players at the US Open will get a big raise this year, from the record $2.6 million each champion will take home to the $32,000 for everyone losing in the first round.

On Wednesday, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced the breakdown of its across-the-board prize money overhaul at the grand slam, four months after saying it would add more than $8 million to the pool.

The total payout, including per diems for players, will be $34.3m - an increase of approximately 35% from the $25.5m pool in 2012.

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Andy Murray and Serena Williams, who won the 2012 singles titles at Flushing Meadows, took home $1.9m apiece. The $700,000 added on for 2013 represents a rise of 37%.

Runners-up will get $1.3m instead of the $950,000 offered last year, while semi-finalists receive $650,000 - up from $475,000 - which are both increases of 37%. Quarter-finalists see the same rise in prize money, getting $325,000 instead of $237,500.

The percentage jumps in earlier rounds are slightly higher. Players losing in the fourth round of singles will be paid $165,000 (up from $120,000), third round losers will earn $93,000 (up from $65,000) and players who fall at the second round stage will get $53,000 (up from $37,000).

The $32,000 that first-round exits earn this year is up 39% from the $23,000 in 2012 and is more than the $30,000 the singles champions earned in 1976.

Doubles prize money will go up about 13% in 2013, while prize money for qualifying will total $1.4m, a 37.5% jump.

Main draw singles play at the US Open starts on August 26, with the women's final on September 8 and the men's final scheduled September 9.

In March, the USTA said it would increase its annual prize money to $50m by 2017 - nearly double what it was in 2012 - as part of an unprecedented five-year agreement with the men's and women's professional tours. The USTA said then that it did not plan to fund the higher prize money with a similar leap in ticket prices.

Players have been seeking a larger slice of grand slam revenues and the sport's four most prestigious tournaments are complying.

This year's singles champions at Wimbledon, for example, each received approximately $2.4m, up from $1.75m in 2012, while overall prize money at the All England Club increased about 40%.

Roger Federer, owner of a record 17 major titles and president of the ATP Player Council, joined other top men, including world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, in lobbying the grand slam tournaments to raise prize money.

This article first appeared on ESPN.com

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