Why Is US Open the Richest Grand Slam Event in Tennis?

Published 08/24/2021, 1:00 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)


It’s time for the final Grand Slam event of the season and the players are set to get things started at the US Open 2021. Over the years, this Grand Slam event is considered the richest in terms of offering prize money and receiving overall revenue from the sponsors. 

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The US Open 2021 will set a new record in prize money, with the $57.5 million on offer surpassing the previous record of 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The revenue generated through broadcasting rights is also the highest as compared to the other Grand Slam events. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 29: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point against Milos Raonic of Canada in their Men’s Singles Final match of the 2020 Western & Southern Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

World’s largest companies are associated with the US Open 2021

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Companies such as Rolex, Mercedes, J.P. Morgan, American Express, Emirates too name a few. Even ESPN, Wilison, IBM, Deloitte are associated with this prestigious event. When a particular event is decorated with such magnanimous sponsors, it is natural for the event to reveal such huge amounts. 

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The US Open 2021 will begin on the 30th of August and will end on the 13th of September. This season, fans will be allowed to watch the matches from the stadiums with 100% full capacity. On the other hand, there is a slight disappointment as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Dominic Thiem have decided to skip the tournament this year due to injuries. 

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – AUGUST 14: Serena Williams serves during her match against Shelby Rogers during Top Seed Open – Day 5 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 14, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

However, on the brighter side, superstars like Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams will be headlining the event. With the way Djokovic has performed at the Grand Slam events this year, he will surely be considered the favorite to lift his 21st Grand Slam title. 

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Besides, it’ll be interesting to see if Williams can claim her much-awaited 24th Grand Slam title. We wish all the players the best of luck for the upcoming matches. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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