US Open maintains place at top of prize money pile

The US Open has bolstered its position as the most lucrative grand slam tennis tournament by announcing a 10 per cent increase in prize money to $46.3m (€42m) for its 2016 edition.

The news continues the ongoing trend of prize money increases between the sport’s four grand slams. As part of the richest purse in tennis history a record $3.5m will go to both the men’s and women's singles champions in New York.

This year’s total prize money is up $4m, or 10 per cent, over 2015. That includes a 10.5 per cent increase for doubles, with the men’s and women’s doubles champions earning $625,000. That is also the highest payout in US Open history. Prize money for the US Open qualifying tournament is also up 10 per cent, to $1.9m.

In 2015, US Open organisers announced a 10.5 per cent increase for that year’s tournament to $42.3m. The 2015 men’s and women’s 2015 singles champions, Novak Djokovic and Flavia Pennetta, received a basic $3.3m.

US Tennis Association (USTA) president and US Open chairwoman Katrina Adams said: “We continue to invest in all aspects of this world-class event to provide the best services and experiences for the players, our fans and all of the US Open partners.”

The All England Club, organiser of the Wimbledon Championships, awarded total prize money of £28.1m (€33.7m/$37.1m) for this year’s tournament, which concluded on Sunday. The French Tennis Federation had earlier announced a 14-per-cent rise on prize money for the 2016 French Open, which this year amounted to €28m. This year’s Australian Open, which ran from January 18-31 in Melbourne, had a total prize purse of A$44m (€30.1m/$34.1m) on offer, up 10 per cent on the previous year.

The 2016 US Open, which takes place from August 29 to September 11, will feature a number of new features throughout the grounds, including the completed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, a new grandstand in the southwest corner of the campus and expanded pedestrian walkways in the fully renovated South Plaza.