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US Open Prize Money Set to Climb

April 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

In 2012, the total payout from the US Open sat at $25.5 million. This number is set to increase to $33.6 million in 2013, and will continue to climb all the way up to $50 million by 2017.

Over the past year tennis players have pressured officials to increase the money they put in the prize pot. The tournament brings in around $250 million a year, and only around 10% of that was paid to players in 2012. Now the number will gradually increase all the way through to 2017, which should reassure players and bring an end to tensions.

US Open tennis tickets website StubHub says the news will lead tennis players to turn their attention to Wimbledon. The All England Club will reveal their 2013 prize package towards the end of April, and they are likely to see intense lobbying in the run-up to the announcement.

Players were lobbying not just for increased pay, but also for a change to the hectic schedule where the semifinal and final would be played on consecutive days. The US Open has acknowledged that this is no longer appropriate for the modern game and they have agreed to change the way it works. Now, the tournament will run for 15 days instead of 14. The menís final will run on Monday, and the womenís on Sunday.

The players are unhappy with the idea of a Monday final, but this will change after 2015. From that point the menís semi will be on Friday and the final on Sunday; the womenís semi will be on Thursday and the final on Saturday. This will allow the men to have a Sunday final, and it will give players a full day of rest between matches, which has been an objective of the players for some time.

The players have consistently said they would like to see tennis have more professionals who can afford to live off the sport. This would suggest that they would like to see more prize money reach players at the bottom, but itís still unclear how the money will be distributed, although the final total has been agreed.

It is unclear whether or not men and women will be paid equally in the coming year. This has become a hotly debated topic in the sport, and unless women see equal pay, we can expect to see aggressive lobbying on the issue.

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