As the curtains close on the 2023 US Open, tennis enthusiasts around the globe are marveling in anticipation of the prize money that the champions will secure. The tournament has seen 128 players compete for glory and prize money in both the men’s and women’s categories. It has been a showcase event of the aspirations and talent of top tennis professionals in the world playing in the last Grand Slam of the year.
This year’s US Open has set a new precedent in player compensation, offering a record total of $65 million in prize money in all categories put together. This remarkable figure represents an impressive 8% increase from the previous year’s total of $60 million, highlighting the tournament’s commitment to improve the earnings each year.
The US Open’s overall player compensation hits a new all-time high for the tournament.
And for the 50th consecutive year, the prize money is equal between men and women.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 8, 2023
This year the US Open celebrates its 50th anniversary of equal prize money for both genders. This achievement echoes the groundbreaking legacy of Billie Jean King, who, in 1973, played an instrumental role in establishing equal prize money for both men and women at the US Open, the first Grand Slam to do so. It paved the way for future generations to receive equitable compensation.
The pay-checks for men and women champions at the 2023 US Open
The 2023 US Open champions, Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff will each receive a substantial $3 million. This marks a notable 15% increase compared to the $2.6 million awarded to the 2022 champions, Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek.
While the champions will bask in the glory of their victories, the runners-up in the singles competition, Daniil Medvedev and Aryna Sabalenka, will also enjoy a significant payday, each receiving $1.5 million for their outstanding performances.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2023
The commitment to equitable compensation extends throughout the tournament, with substantial payouts allocated for reaching various rounds. Semi-finalists are set to earn $775,000, quarter-finalists will take home $455,000, and those who advance to the Round of 16 will secure $284,000.
Even competitors who reached the earlier stages of the tournament will receive just rewards, with payouts ranging from $191,000 for the Round of 32, $123,000 for the Round of 64, and $81,500 for those who qualify for the Round of 128.
In the draw of doubles competitions, substantial prize money is in store too. The doubles champions will be awarded $700,000, while the runners-up will claim $350,000. Semi-finalists receive $180,000, quarter-finalists earn $100,000, and those who reach the Round of 16 pocket $58,000. Similarly, Round of 32 get $36,800 and those in the first round get $22,000.
An unforgettable night at the@usopen, where we celebrated the 50th anniversary of equal prize money at the Grand Slam that was first to offer it.
Thank you to everyone who made this night possible, and to all those who continue to use their platforms to call for change. pic.twitter.com/NbHfKd2Frg
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) August 29, 2023
The tournament’s rich legacy reminds us of the unwavering commitment to equitable compensation, inspired by trailblazers like Billie Jean King and other founding members of WTA.
It reflects upon us the enduring legacy of equality in sports, ensuring that champions of today and tomorrow receive due recognition and rewards for their exceptional feats on the grandest stage of all.