Prize income in sports has been on a arise for generations, but
veteran tennis might have only reached a biggest milestone
This year’s US Open will feature a purse of some-more than $50
million, according to an announcement
from contest organizers. It’s a initial tennis contest in
story to offer so much, commanding final year’s symbol by roughly $4
“Five years ago, we committed to a players that sum player
remuneration for players would strech $50 million during a US Open,
and we are honoring that commitment,” pronounced United States Tennis
Association president Katrina Adams in a statement.
The new purse is a large boost from just five
years ago, when men’s singles champion Andy Murray took home
$1.9 million for his win. This year’s singles winners will pocket
$3.7 million apiece, scarcely doubling that figure.
The tournament’s sum esteem income is significantly greater
than those offering by a other 3 majors, that all have
purses hovering around $40 million. Roger Federer won scarcely $2.9
million for his feat during Wimbledon progressing this month.
The purse boost is quite poignant for a women’s
draws. Other veteran sports, like golf and basketball,
award their womanlike athletes a small fragment of what male
stars earn, though Grand Slam tennis tournaments compensate both sexes
equally. This year’s women’s singles champion will
earn nearly three times as most esteem income as
top-ranked LPGA golfer So Yeon Ryu did in all of 2016.
The US Open starts on Aug 28. Stan Wawrinka and Angelique
Kerber will try to urge their titles — this time, with
even more money on a line.