Paradox of prize money at US Open 2021

28 Dec 2021 | 09:10

The total prize money at the US Open 2021 is a record high, but the prize for the champion in singles has decreased.
The US Tennis Association (USTA) has announced the reward levels for the US Open 2021, the last Grand Slam of the year. US Open has a record total prize money of 57.5 million USD, slightly higher than 57.2 million USD in 2019. Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 season has a total prize money of 53, 4 million USD.

Although the total prize money in 2021 increased, the amount for the champion of men’s and women’s singles was reduced from $ 3 million to $ 2.5 million. The second-placed players were also awarded only $1.25 million, down $50,000 compared to the 2020 level.

The USTA said it was working with the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Associations to distribute the prize money. The prize money for singles champion and runner-up is reduced, so that prize money can be increased for the pre-quarterfinals. The total amount for qualifying alone is nearly 6 million USD, an increase of 66% compared to 2019. In the 2020 season, the US Open does not hold qualifying.

In addition, the prize money for players participating in the first round is $ 75,000, an increase of $ 14,000 compared to 2020. In the second round, each player will pocket $ 115,000, an increase of $ 15,000 compared to last year.

Doubles content is also significantly increased in prize money. The champion pair will receive $660,000 per event, up to $260,000 from 2020, while the runner-up pair will receive $330,000, an increase of $90,000.

Stacey Allaster, US Open CEO, said: “With the greatest comeback, we know that 2021 will be a historic year for the tournament. We determine the allocation of prize money round-by-round. by engaging in an open dialogue with the players and managers of the two associations. We applaud their leadership to maximize the benefit of player numbers.”

The US Open 2021 will take place from August 30 to September 12. Dominic Thiem and Naomi Osaka are the men’s and women’s content champions in the 2020 season. Thiem has confirmed that he will not attend this year’s tournament due to injury.