The 2013 US Open will provide the richest purse in tournament history as the total prize money available is set to increase 28% over 2012 to $33.6 million. This increase in prize money comes on the heels of an agreement with the ATP World Tour and WTA that "ensures the vitality and competitiveness of the US Open as a world class, premier event for many years to come."
For 2013, the total prize money increase over the 2012 event is $8.1 million. This increase is a part of USTA's long-term vision to provide $50 million in US Open prize money by the year 2017.
In addition to the prize money increase, the US Open will give players a day of rest between the semifinals and finals. For 2013 and 2014, the men’s final will be played on Monday and the women’s final on Sunday. Then starting in 2015, the men’s final will move back to Sunday, with men’s semi’s on Friday, while the women’s final will be Saturday, with semis on Thursday.
“The USTA has a long-term vision in place to ensure that tennis continues to thrive in the United States. This vision encompasses every level of the sport, from energizing existing fans, to attracting new players, to ensuring the US Open remains one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events,” said David Haggerty, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. “With this unprecedented commitment to long-term prize money and recognition of the value that players bring to the sport, we will gain stability for the sport so that we can focus our energy on growing the game and ensuring tennis’ vitality in the U.S. for years to come.”
The prize money increase for the US Open followed a prize money boost for the 2013 Australian Open in January, which went from $26.95 million in 2012 to $31.1 million. Earlier this week, the French Open announced it will raise total prize money from $24.6 million last year to $28.7 million in 2013. Further increases totaling another $13.1 million are expected by the 2016 French Open.
Wimbledon, however, will now offer the richest prize money purse in 2013--announcing recently it will increase total prize money 40%, to $34.4 million for the 2013 event. Singles winners will each receive $2.4 million for their two weeks of work (vs. $1.75 million last year), while prize money for singles players who lose in the first three rounds will go up 60 percent. Doubles players also will recive a 22 percent increase in prize money at Wimbledon.