US Open up the Stakes
The US Open have gone one better than their Australian counterparts after revealing a staggering increase in prize money for the 2013 Grand Slam.
Fresh off the back of Melbourne’s announcement last autumn to push up their pot to $31m, organisers in New York say the total fund by 2017 will be $50m – roughly double what it was last year.
The deal also includes raising this year’s tournament pot by a combined $8.1m, meaning that the total payout in 2013 will be $33.6m compared to $25.5m last year.
The news, of course, was relayed to Novak Djokovic who had this to say to reporters: “It’s a very positive step for players. You know, it proves that players, I think, are more united than ever,” said the Serb.