Professional tennis tournaments are divided into several categories, being, in both men’s (ATP) and women’s (WTA) competitions, the Grand Slam tournaments are the most prestigious and the ones that fight to win with greater zeal, within the elite. However, in addition to sporting glory, the so-called greats also distribute the greatest economic prizes and there is one of the Grand Slams in particular that is the one that reports the greatest economic gains in all of history.
The ‘prize money’ of the Grand Slam tournaments is used to increasing year by year, except in the time of the coronavirus, and once settled again on the ascending prize ladder, the US Open stands out above the rest as the which brings greater profits, especially to the tennis players who reach the final rounds and, of course, to the winner. The great North American, the one who closes the season in this regard, has been in the lead for some time now and in both 2022 and 2023 he stands as the one who distributes the best financial prizes, ahead of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, also with considerable emoluments, in any case.
The winner of the 2023 US Open will take a total amount of three million dollars, a prize that represents an increase of 15% compared to what was obtained by the 2022 champion, in this case Carlos Alcaraz in the men’s singles competition. Likewise, the finalist will pocket 1.5 million dollars, also an increase of 15% over the previous edition, and the semifinalists, who are already known and are Ben Shelton and Carlos Alcaraz himself, 775,000 dollars each.
The increase in economic prizes makes the US Open 2023 the largest prize money in the history of Grand Slam tournaments, once the tournament held at the Flushing Meadows facilities in New York had already been considered the richer in previous editions compared to its competitors.
The controversy with the US Open prizes
However, this increase in prizes, due to the way in which it is carried out, brings with it a certain amount of controversy, since more and more, and it is a general rule in the circuit, the winners of the most famous tournaments are placed before them, increasing the prize pool for them, and not to those of a lower class who also participate in some way in these competitions, but without reaching the final rounds.
In the US Open 2023 there was a progressive increase in prizes for all the participants in the final draw, but while the finalists and semifinalists increased their fees by 10% and 20%, those in the first rounds only saw how they took between 1% and 2% more than they received last year. Taking into account that we are talking about more modest players and that a multitude of expenses must be subtracted from the earnings – meals, coaches, training sessions, flights… – the differentiation in tennis means that only the top 100-150 in the ranking can live off it. ATP with absolute guarantees, while the rest have to fight tournament by tournament for much more than a title.
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