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2006 US Open Prize Money Tops Record $18.5 Million With Potential $21.1 Million Payout

July 19, 2006 08:42 AM

The USTA announced that the 2006 US Open purse will top $18.5 million, with the potential to exceed $21.1 million -- representing the highest annual purse in sports. In addition to the base purse of $18.5 million, the top three men's and women's finishers in the US Open Series may earn up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the US Open.

Both the men's and women's US Open singles champions will earn $1.2 million with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money (for a total $2.2 million potential payout) based on their performances in the US Open Series. In addition, both US Open singles champions will receive a new Lexus GS 450h automobile.

US Open Prize Money
The 2006 US Open purse includes a 6.7% increase in men's and women's singles prize money from 2005's record payout. In 2005, the base purse was $17.7 million, and an additional $1.7 million was paid in bonus prize money -- for a total payout of $19.4 million. For the 34th 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 with the cost of accommodations and other expenses.

JPMorgan Chase is the presenting sponsor of the US Open women's singles championship. Lexus is the presenting sponsor of the men's singles championship.

US Open Series Bonus Prize Money
The 2006 US Open is the culmination of the US Open Series, the North American summer season of 10 ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments that began July 17. The USTA will offer up to an additional $2.6 million in potential bonus singles prize money at the US Open to the top three men's and top three women's finishers in the US Open Series.

The men's and women's winners of the US Open Series will play for $1 million dollars in bonus prize money at the US Open. In addition, the second-place finishers can earn up to an additional $500,000, while the third-place finishers in the US Open Series can earn up to an additional $250,000. The US Open Series top finishers will be determined by the US Open Series Lever 2000 Challenge bonus points awarded at each of the 10 US Open Series tournaments this summer. This year players will need to earn bonus points in at least two US Open Series events in order to be eligible for bonus prize money at the US Open.

2006 US Open Prize Money For Top Finishers

US Open FinishBase Prize Money1st Place Finisher2nd Place Finisher3rd Place Finisher
Winner$1,200,000$2,200,000$1,700,000$1,450,000
Finalist$600,00$1,100,000$850,000$725,000
Semifinalist$280,000$530,000$405,000$342,000
Quarterfinalist$140,000$265,000$202,000$171,250
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The US Open Series is the six-week summer tennis season linking 10 major ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments to the US Open. Since its inception in 2004, the six-week US Open Series has doubled television viewership and increased event attendance, while generating new corporate partnerships for the sport, including the addition of Lever 2000 this year. Other US Open Series sponsors include American Express, MassMutual Financial Group and Olympus. In total, the 2005 US Open Series events - - including the US Open - - generated a record 1.6 million attendees, 128 million TV viewers and over 28 million website visits. Last year Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters won the US Open Series. By winning both the US Open and US Open Series, Clijsters earned $2.2 million, the largest purse in women's sports history.

The 2006 US Open is expected to attract over 640,000 fans, making it the highest attended annual sporting event in the world. More than 87 million viewers watched the 2005 US Open on CBS Sports and USA Network, and international broadcasts reached 184 countries. New fan enhancements at the 2006 tournament will include the use of instant replay technology (the first Grand Slam to do so), permanent food pavilions in the South Plaza, additional seating added to Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong Stadiums, and new South Plaza matchboards that will now flank the giant video board in front of Ashe Stadium.

The 2006 US Open will be held Monday, August 28 through Sunday, September 10. Tickets for the 2006 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 National Tennis Center box office. American Express is the Official Card of the US Open.

[Note: 2006 US Open prize money includes player prize money and per diems, and does not include fees to governing and sanctioning bodies.]

 

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