All singles players at the US Open are getting a big raise this year, from the record $2.6 million each champion will take home, to the $32,000 for everyone losing in the first round.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced the breakdown of its across-the-board prize money overhaul at the Grand Slam tournament Wednesday, four months after saying it would add more than $8 million to the pool.
The total payout, including per diems for players, will be $34.3 million, up from $25.5 million in 2012. That's an increase of about 35 percent overall.
Last year's singles champions at Flushing Meadows, Serena Williams and Andy Murray, won $1.9 million apiece. The $700,000 tacked on this time represents a rise of 37 percent.
Runners-up will get $1.3 million (up from $950,000), semifinalists $650,000 (up from $475,000) and quarterfinalists $325,000 (up from $237,500), which all also are increases of 37 percent.
The percentage jumps in earlier rounds are slightly higher. Players losing in the fourth round of singles will be paid $165,000 (up from $120,000), in the third round $93,000 (up from $65,000) and in the second round $53,000 (up from $37,000).
The $32,000 that first-round exits earn this year is up 39 percent from the $23,000 in 2012 -- and is more than the $30,000 that the singles champions earned in 1976.
Doubles prize money will go up about 13 percent in 2013, while paychecks for qualifying will total $1.4 million, a 37.5 percent jump.