Prize Money Comparison Between Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon Championships and US Open in 2021

Published 08/24/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 31: A general view of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Women’s Singles third round match between Naomi Osaka of Japan and Cori Gauff of the United States on day six of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)


After witnessing some great tennis in the season so far, it is time for the US Open 2021. The Grand Slam is just a week away and thus, players as well as fans seem quite exhilarated about it.

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It is a fact that the US Open often offers the highest prize money to its players. The winners earn more than $2 million each in the men’s and women’s singles category. However, is it paying the highest to its players this year as well?

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This year, despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Australian Open kept a prize pool of $51.6 million which was about 0.7% more than what it offered in 2020. On the other hand, the French Open reduced around 10% prize money this year and offered a total of $40.3 million to its players.

The Wimbledon Championships 2021 kept their prize money at $48 million- which saw a reduction of about 7.85% as compared to 2019. However, the US Open is the only Grand Slam which has made an increment of about 7.67% to its prize money. It currently stands at $57.5 million– making it the Grand Slam offering the highest prize money to date.

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Comparison of the winner’s prize money at US Open with other three Grand Slams

Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, both received a total of about $2 million after winning the Australian Open 2021 title. However, Djokovic and Krejcikova received about 1.6 million after getting their hands on the French Open 2021 title.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

As far as the Wimbledon Championships 2021 are concerned, Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty took home a whopping $2.3 million in the prize money. However, the US Open 2021 is still giving the highest prize money to the winners.

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The players winning in New York will get $2.5 million each. Interestingly, this is the highest that any Grand Slam has offered this year. Thus, it will be intriguing to see who emerges as the winner at the US Open this year.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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