Tennis - The US Open mixed doubles champions Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands say that the prize money for the mixed doubles titles at the Grand Slam events should be higher. The duo picked up a prize money cheque of $160,000 ($80,000 each) for their win over Michael Venus and Hao-Ching Chan in the final as compared to $3.85 million for the US Open women's singles champion Bianca Andreescu.
Speaking after her win, the 34-year-old American Mattek-Sands says, “I actually think it should be closer. To me, mixed doubles is an undervalued tennis product. You have guys and girls playing on the same level, no handicaps.
The guys aren’t feeling bad for the girls. The girls pick on the guys. It’s generally amazing tennis out there. We have great points. Guys and girls together, not too many sports can say they do that”. Scotland's Murray, who won the US Open mixed doubles title for the third year in a row, commented, “I think doubles is kind of the bedrock of the amateur game.
I think it’s a huge part of our sport. I think it definitely has the potential to offer greater value to these tournaments than perhaps it does currently”. The duo won the title 6-2, 6-3 over Venus and Chan in the final.
This is the fourth year in a row that Murray has won a US Open title - he also won the men's doubles title at the 2016 US Open before claiming the mixed doubles title in 2017 with Martina Hingis and in 2018 with Mattek-Sands herself.
Murray has also won 2 mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon and 1 men's doubles title at the Australian Open (7 Grand Slam doubles titles) while Mattek-Sands has also won the mixed doubles title at the Australian and French Opens and the women's doubles titles at the Australian Open. French Open and US Open to total to 9 Grand Slam doubles titles.