US Open Tennis 2021 Prize Money Breakdown, Purse, Payouts, Earnings, Winner’s Share

US Open Tennis final is underway. After last year’s fan-less event, this year the tournament is returning with a full audience. Fans can enjoy the US Open 2021 in the stadium from the first day of the event. The fans expectation is much higher this year as they couldn’t attend at the venue last year. Moreover, the rise in the prize money has also become a point of attraction.

US Open Tennis 2021 Prize Money

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu of Great hits a forehand against Mariam Bolkvadze of Georgia in the second round of the women’s singles qualifying at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

The 2021 US Open Tennis sets a new record in terms of prize money. The total prize money for the US Open tournament is $57.5 million which surpasses the previous high of $57.24 in 2019. However, the prize money in 2020 was $53.4 million due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The USTA worked with the ATP and WTA management to make a plan on allocating the prize money among the players as none of the US Open players returned empty handed. With that note, the US Open 2021 qualifying tournament will distribute $6 million which is a significant rise from 2019. The qualifying round prize money increased by 66% than 2019.

Furthermore, the first-round main draw prize money is also increased by 23% than last year and the amount is $75,000. To cover these prize money, the tour management and the players agreed to reduce the singles champion’s prize from $3 million to $2.5 million. The organizer also reduced the runner-up payout, it is now $1.25 million.

Needless to say, the US Open has been providing equal prize money for both men and women. So, the changes in the prize money will also be effective for the women’s competition too.

Furthermore, the US Open has been providing more than $130 million in player compensation for the last two years including Western & Southern Open and US Open compensation. Additionally, the USTA also contributes almost the same amount of money to the grassroots of the sport. They aim to increase tennis’ long-term health. As a result, 22% participants have increased in 2020.

However, the prize money increased for the wheelchair and mixed double categories.

US Open Prize Money Breakdown 2021

Andy Murray
Andy Murray of Great Britain with ex-coach Mark Petchey practices with Jordan Thompson of Australia at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Since the US Open offers prize money for each round, here we have provided round by round individual prize money.

Category Singles (men and women) % Change vs 2020
Winner $2.5 million -16.67%
Runner-Up $1.25 million -16.67%
Semifinalist $675,000 -15.63%
Quarterfinalist $425,000 0.00%
Round of 16 $265,000 6.00%
Round of 32 $180,000 10.43%
Round of 64 $115,000 15.00%
Round of 128 $75,000 22.95%


Category Doubles (each team, men and women % Change vs 2020
Winner $660,000 65.00%
Runner-Up $330,000 37.50%
Semifinalist $164,000 26.15%
Quarterfinalist $93,000 2.20%
Round of 16 $54,000 N/A
Round of 32 $34,000 -32.00%
Round of 64 $20,000 -33.33%

Other Prize Money

Wheelchair- $600,000

Per Diem / Direct Hotel Payments- $3,100,000

Why Was the US Open Prize Money Reduced in 2020?

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem (R) of Austria celebrates with championship trophy after winning in a tie-breaker during his Men’s Singles final. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Prize money in 2020 was reduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic as no spectators were allowed to attend at the venue. Also, the qualifying round was also skipped. Hence, the pandemic has put a significant impact on USTA’s finances and they have been recovering it gradually. That is why USTA increased the overall prize money this year to bring more excitement. 


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