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SportsThe first men's US Open champion earned $20 in 1968—here's how much money the winners made this year

18:30  09 september  2019
18:30  09 september  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

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Arthur Ashe, the winner of the first U . S . Open in 1968 , was supposed to earn ,000, but Even with the big increases in prize money , though, "it can be difficult for players to make much of a profit Here ' s the full breakdown of how much the men ' s and women's singles competitors earned at the

Here ' s how much players in the 2017 U . S . Open are making . Since, the prize money has skyrocketed. The champions earned six figures for the first time in 1983 (0,000) and seven Here ' s how much the other men ' s and women's singles competitors earned at this year 's Open

The first men's US Open champion earned $20 in 1968—here's how much money the winners made this year© Provided by CNBC LLC Arthur Ashe defeated Tom Okker at the first U.S. Open in  1968

The first U.S. Open, in 1968, awarded a total of $100,000 in prize money. The men's champion, Arthur Ashe, was slated to earn $14,000 of that, but because of his amateur status, he was ineligible to receive the prize money and brought home just a $20 per diem. Only 6% of the total, $6,000, went to the women's champion, Virginia Wade.

Since then, the prize money at the tournament has skyrocketed. Plus, women achieved pay parity in 1973, when both champions received checks for $25,000. The men's and women's champions earned six figures for the first time in 1983 ($120,000) and seven figures for the first time in 2003 ($1,000,000).

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The 2018 US Open pays the most in tennis history. The winnings are much higher than in 1968 , the start of tennis' professional era. The first U . S . Open awarded a total of 0,000 in prize money . Here ' s the full breakdown of how much the other singles competitors earned at this year ' s Open

The men ' s and women's champions earned six figures for the first time in 1983 (0,000) "You do well as a pro tennis player when you're ranked in the top 20 . But that can be short-lived Here ' s the full breakdown of how much the men ' s and women's singles competitors earned at this year 's Open .

At the 2019 Open, champions Rafael Nadal of Spain and Bianca Andreescu of Canada both collected $3.85 million checks. The runner-ups, Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Serena Williams of the U.S., earned about half that amount: $1.9 million.

The first men's US Open champion earned $20 in 1968—here's how much money the winners made this year© Provided by CNBC LLC NEW YORK, USA - SEPTEMBER 7: Bianca Andreescu of Canada poses with the trophy after her US Open Championships women's singles final match against Serena Williams (not seen) of USA at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, United States on September 7, 2019.

Even with the big increases in prize money, though, "it can be difficult for players to make much of a profit off competing," No. 14 ranked John Isner writes on Forbes.

"The expenses can really add up, particularly at tournaments like Wimbledon and the French Open," adds Isner, who not only pays for his own flights, meals and lodging, but also covers his coaches' and trainers' travel costs. "In those cases, if I don't win a match, I'm actually in danger of losing money for competing."

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The first men ' s US Open champion earned $ 20 in 1968 — here ' s how much money the winners made this year .

The 2018 US Open pays the most in tennis history. The winnings are much higher than in 1968 , the start of tennis' professional era . The first U . S . Open awarded a total of 0,000 in prize money . Here ' s the full breakdown of how much the other singles competitors earned at this year ' s Open

Isner, like other top-ranked players, is in the fortunate situation where he doesn't have to rely on just prize money to cover his expenses: He has a handful of sponsorship deals, which are "the closest thing to a guaranteed annual salary that a player has," he says.

Finding sponsors ins't always easy, though, especially if you're not a top-ranked player. "You do well as a pro tennis player when you're ranked in the top 20. But that can be short-lived," Isner explains. "Brands are paying you to get their logos on televised show courts, so if your matches aren't being featured on broadcasts because your play has fallen off ... or because you're injured and not playing at all — they're going to stop calling."

Players without sponsors have to win to pay the bills. "And winning is hard," Isner says, "which means it's really hard to bring in prize money consistently."

The bigger the tournament, the bigger the check: At smaller scale pro circuit events, where the total pot ranges from $15,000 to $100,000, first-round losers may take home just a few hundred dollars.

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Here ' s how much prize money is on the line. At age 33, the King of Clay is vying for his 12th trophy in Paris on Sunday. He won his first in 2005 at age 19. Here ' s how much the other singles competitors earned at this year ' s tournament: Winner : €2.3 million (.6 million) Runner-up: €1.18

The US Open is the richest prize purse of all the Grand Slams and this year it' s got even bigger In addition to the prize money , the USTA has apportioned a total of .6 million towards further monetary assistance for players who have seen their earning opportunities reduced this year as a result of the

At the U.S. Open, on the other hand, players who make the main singles draw are guaranteed $58,000 — and if they win one round, they make six figures.

Here's the full breakdown of how much the men's and women's singles competitors earned at the 2019 U.S. Open. The amounts listed are what players who lost in the corresponding round earned.

  • Semifinalist: $960,000
  • Quarterfinalist: $500,000
  • Round of 16: $280,000
  • Round of 32: $163,000
  • Round of 64: $100,000
  • Round of 128: $58,000

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