The US Open has announced the full prize money for this year's event that takes place from 27 August to 9 September. $53 million overall, which is a record in Grand Slams, overcoming French Open ($47.14), Wimbledon ($46.4) and Australian Open ($41.3).
Men's and women's singles winners will get $3.8 million each, $100,000 more than 2017. Finalist will get around as half as it, $1.850.000. Big increases in the early rounds: being part of the 128-player main draw will guarantee a $54,000 cheque.
Reaching the second round will be instead paid $93,000. Roger Federer will seek his first title at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2008, Rafael Nadal is the defending champion, the Spaniard already won in 2010, 2013 and 2017.
The USTA Chairman and President Katrina Adams said: '2018 is a significant year in our history. Not only is it the 50th anniversary of the tournament, we also have completed the five-year transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
We know that we are poised for incredible growth moving forward.' Full 2018 singles draw prize money: Winner: $3,800,000
Round of 16: $266,000
Round of 32: $156,000
Round of 64: $93,000
Round of 128: $54,000 The 2003 US Open winner Andy Roddick shared his thoughts: 'So if you make a final, you’d make more to win that one match than you’d make for winning 6 over the course of two weeks...
Anyways, I guess it grabs a headline when you announce 3.8 million to the winner. I’m sure that’s not the goal though. Right?' Mardy Fish believes that there is too much money at stake: 'Should be dispersed throughout the tour and pensions IMO.
You don’t need a 3.8m for winning. Especially when winning a smaller 250 event the champion makes around 85-90k.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'I cannot say my rivalry with Novak Djokovic is great'