| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Naomi Osaka hoists the trophy after winning the 2018 US Open. last September.
Photo courtesy of USTA/Darren Carroll

 

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced on Thursday that the 2019 US Open will feature the largest purse in the sport’s history as it will surpass $57 million in prize money.

In addition to the increased prize money, the USTA will also be making a $1,000,000 payment to support the ATP and WTA Tour player programs.

“The US Open prides itself on offering the best tennis players in the world, the richest total prize money in our sport,” said Patrick Galbraith, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “We strive to be innovative, and feel that our new contribution of $500,000 to the ATP’s player programs including its pension, and the WTA Tour’s transition programs for players will go a long way toward the long-term financial well-being of all of our sport’s athletes.”

The uptick in prize money represents an eight percent increase over the compensation handed out in 2018, with main draw prize money for the first round increasing by 47 percent over the last four years.

The men’s and women’s singles champion will each earn $3.85 million, while the men’s and women’s doubles championship teams will earn $740,000, both of which are the highest in U.S. Open history.

Here is a breakdown of the round-by-round payouts:

Singles

►Winner: $3,850,000

►Runner-Up: 1,900,000

►Semifinalist: 960,000

►Quarterfinalist: 500,000

►Round of 16: 280,000

►Round of 32: 163,000

►Round of 64: 100,000

►Round of 128: 58,000


Doubles (each team)

►Winner: $740,000

►Runner-Up: 370,000

►Semifinalist: 175,000

►Quarterfinalist: 91,000

►Round of 16: 50,000

►Round of 32: 30,000

►Round of 64: 17,000

 

The U.S. Open gets underway with the Qualifying Tournament which begins on Monday, August 19, with the main draw beginning on Monday, August 26 and running through Sunday, September 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.