2013 Tennis US Open prize money
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US Open prize money will reach $50 million by 2017 and men’s semi-finals will move to Fridays from 2015 to give players a day of rest before the final following a long-term agreement between the ATP and USTA.
In an immediate move, the USTA will boost prize money for this year’s US Open by an additional $4.1 million above the previously announced increase of $4 million, taking the 2013 combined men’s and women’s purse to $33.6 million. That marks an $8.1 million increase over the $25.5 million paid to players in 2012.
Beginning in 2015 the US Open will conclude on the second Sunday of the two-week event with the men’s singles championship. To allow for a day of rest for the finalists, the men’s singles semi-finals will be played on Friday. The women’s singles championship will be played on Saturday. In 2013 and ’14 the men’s final will be played on a Monday.
“We welcome the commitment the USTA has made concerning player prize money at the US Open through 2017, ” said Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman & President. “These increases are the largest in the history of the sport, representing a significant step forward in truly recognizing the input the players have in the success of the US Open. We also welcome the decision from the USTA to adopt a schedule with the men’s semi-finals completed by Friday and the final on Sunday, from 2015 onwards.”
“The ATP and its players, led by ATP Player Council President Roger Federer, have been encouraged by the recent co-operative approach taken by the USTA in listening to player concerns on these matters, and are pleased to have reached this long term understanding through 2017. We appreciate the productive manner in which the USTA, as well as Tennis Australia relating to the Australian Open, have engaged with the ATP and its players over the past 12 months. We remain committed to ongoing discussions with other Grand Slam tournaments in this regard.