White Plains, NY (Sports Network) - The United States Tennis Association has
reached a five-year agreement with the ATP World Tour and WTA on U.S. Open
The USTA will provide $50 million in prize money at the U.S. Open by 2017.
Additionally, the USTA will increase base prize money for the 2013 Open by an
additional $4.1 million above the previously announced increase of $4 million.
Base prize money for this year's U.S. Open will now total more than $33.6
million, a more than $8.1 million increase over the $25.5 million available to
players last year.
Also, beginning in 2015 the U.S. 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 semifinals will be played on Friday.
The women's singles championship will be played on Saturday, as opposed to the
Sunday finish scheduled for this year and 2014.
"We welcome the commitment the USTA has made concerning player prize money at
the U.S. Open through 2017," said Brad Drewett, ATP executive chairman and
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 U.S. Open. We also welcome the decision
from the USTA to adopt a schedule with the men's semifinals completed by
Friday and the final on Sunday, from 2015 onwards."
"We applaud the USTA's long-term commitment to increased and fair compensation
for our athletes," said Stacey Allaster, WTA chairman and CEO.
This year's U.S. Open will be held from August 26 through September 9.
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