A whole host of big names may have skipped the Big Apple in 2021 – but there’s plenty of dough on offer at the US Open. As the last Grand Slam of the season, it’s the final chance for tennis’ big guns to shoot their shot.
With crowds returning to sporting arenas and coronavirus lockdowns *hopefully* a thing of the past, the prize funds on offer at sporting events across the globe are bouncing back after a dramatic decline in the cursed year that was 2020 – and the US Open is no different.
In fact, the total prize money on offer in New York dwarfs the previous high for the tournament set in 2019 before the dreaded COVID-19 bug became a thing we all had to worry about.
It doesn’t mean the US Open singles winners and runners-up are set to load up their wallets, however. Oh no, they’ll take home less than they did last year to help boost the earnings of the lesser-ranked players knocked out in the early days of competition.
The reigning champion in the men’s singles, Dominic Thiem, misses out due to a wrist injury so Novak Djokovic is the favourite, while Naomi Osaka’s quest to defend her women’s singles titles got off to an easy start with a first-round win over Marie Bouzkova.
Paddy’s top traders are busy pricing up all the matches from Flushing Meadows and you can find the latest betting odds at paddypower.com/tennis/us-open-2021.
US Open Prize Money
As has been the case since 1973, the US Open offers equal prize money to women and men. The breakdown per round for this year’s Grand Slam is as follows…
Winner: $2,500,000 (€2.1m, £1.8m)
Finalist: $1,250,000 (€1m, £900,000)
Semi Finalist: $675,000 (€600,000, £500,000)
Quarter Finalist: $425,000 (€360,000, £300,000)
Fourth Round: $265,000 (€225,000, £200,000)
Third Round: $180,000 (€150,000, £130,000)
Second Round: $115,000 (€100,000, £80,000)
First Round: $75,000 (€60,000, £55,000)
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