2012 US Open Base Prize Money Tops $25 Million for the First Time
July 11, 2012Total Prize Money for Main Draw and Qualifying Increased by more than $2 Million
Each of First Three Rounds of Main Draw Singles Increased by a Minimum of 18%
With Overall Main Draw Singles Prize Money Increased by 11%
Men's and Women's Singles Champions Could Earn up to $2.9 Million Each –
$1.9 Million Winner's Purse Plus Potential $1 Million Bonus Prize Money for Performance in the Emirates Airline US Open Series
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 11, 2012 – The USTA today announced that the 2012 US Open purse has been increased by more than two million dollars to reach a record $25.5 million. Additionally, the top three men's and top three women's finishers in the Emirates Airline US Open Series may earn up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the US Open, depending on their performance over the course of the summer Series. With this bonus money, the total US Open prize money could potentially reach $28.1 million.
To support the majority of players, for 2012, prize money has been increased by a minimum of 18% for the first three rounds of the main singles draw.
"We recognize the mounting financial pressures associated with competing on the global professional tennis circuits and especially for those who do not reach the second week of the US Open. We believe the additional prize money, as well as how it will be strategically distributed, will help alleviate some of the pressure," said Jon Vegosen, USTA Chairman of the Board and President.
Both the men's and women's US Open singles champions will earn a record $1.9 million with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money (for a total $2.9 million potential payout) based on their performances in the Emirates Airline US Open Series.
US Open Base Prize Money
The 2012 US Open purse includes an 11% overall increase in men's and women's main draw singles prize money over last year's total. First round main draw singles prize money has been increased by 21%, and second round main draw singles prize money has been increased by 19%. In all, 224 of the 256 main draw singles players (87% of the main draw singles players) will receive an increase in prize money of at least 18%.
For the 40th consecutive year, the USTA will offer equal prize money to both men and women - a Grand Slam first and US Open tradition dating back to 1973. All players also receive per diem payments to help offset the cost of accommodations and other expenses.
US Open Bonus Prize Money
The Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge rewards the top three men's and top three women's finishers each year with bonus prize money at the US Open and has resulted in the largest paychecks in tennis history for men (2007 – Roger Federer, $2.4 million) and women (2005, 2010 – Kim Clijsters, $2.2 million).
The USTA will offer up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the US Open to the top three men's and top three women's singles finishers in the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Players must earn points in at least two Series events in order to be eligible for bonus prize money at the US Open. More than $7.7 million in bonus prize money has been awarded since the Series began in 2004.
The base prize money and bonus prize money thru the quarterfinals is illustrated below:
2012 US OPEN PRIZE MONEY FOR TOP FINISHERS Prize Money With Potential Bonus Prize Money
US OPEN Base For Top 3 Emirates Airline US Open Series Finishers
FINISH Prize Money 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Finisher Finisher Finisher
Winner $1,900,000 $2,900,000 $2,400,000 $2,150,000
Finalist $950,000 $1,450,000 $1,200,000 $1,075,000
Semifinalist $475,000 $725,000 $600,000 $537,500
Quarterfinalist $237,500 $362,500 $300,000 $268,750
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The Emirates Airline US Open Series is the six-week summer tennis season linking 10 major ATP World Tour and WTA tournaments to the US Open. Since its inception in 2004, the Emirates Airline US Open Series has doubled television viewership and increased event attendance, while generating new corporate partnerships for the sport. The Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge rewards the top three men's and top three women's finishers each year with bonus prize money at the US Open and has resulted in the largest paychecks in tennis history for men (2007 – Roger Federer, $2.4 million) and women (2005, 2010 – Kim Clijsters, $2.2 million). Last year, Mardy Fish and Serena Williams won the Emirates Airline US Open Series.
The 2012 US Open will be held Monday, August 27 through Sunday, September 9. Qualifying begins on Tuesday, August 21. Tickets for the 2012 US Open can be purchased four ways: 1) at USOpen.org; 2) by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; 3) at all Ticketmaster outlets; or 4) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. American Express is the Official Card of the US Open.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 785,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, "like" the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.