FILE PHOTO: Signage bearing the phrases “Black Lives Matter” is seen inside Arthur Ashe Stadium on day one of many U.S. Open tennis event within the Queens borough of New York Metropolis, U.S., August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Amy Tennery
August 23, 2021
(Reuters) – The U.S. Open will provide whole prize cash of $57.5 million this yr, eclipsing the document payout of $57.2 million set in 2019, event organisers stated on Monday.
The occasion was held with out spectators final yr, with the USA Tennis Affiliation (USTA) reducing the prize cash to $53.4 million because of misplaced income.
Regardless of the general enhance this yr, prize cash for the 2 singles winners has come down from $3 million to $2.5 million, with the runner-up cheque additionally decreased to $1.25 million, a lower of $50,000 from 2020.
“Final yr was a really troublesome yr for all of us, and the pandemic had a profound affect on the USTA’s monetary well being,” stated USTA CEO and govt director Mike Dowse.
“But we labored — and proceed to work — extraordinarily laborious to make sure that tennis would proceed to thrive for the long-term at each stage, and that work led to greater than 4 million new and returning gamers collaborating in tennis in 2020.”
First-round payouts go to $75,000, a bounce of 23% from 2020, whereas second-round prize cash rises to $115,000 from $100,000.
The USTA added that prize cash has additionally been bumped up within the doubles, blended doubles and wheelchair occasions.
The U.S. Open, which can welcome again followers this yr, begins on Aug. 30.
(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Modifying by Ken Ferris)