US Open prize money: how much will Emma Raducanu earn if the British tennis star wins 2021 women’s final?

Emma Raducanu, the rising star of British tennis, has been in the spotlight after reaching the women’s final of the US Open 2021

Emma Raducanu will compete for her first Grand Slam title when she takes on Leylah Fernandez in the US Open 2021 women’s final.

Saturday’s showdown promises to be a memorable occasion for the young Brit who has advanced from the tournament’s qualifying rounds to reach the final.

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Raducanu has done it in some style, too, and without dropping a single set to an opponent in any of her tennis matches so far at Flushing Meadows in New York.

The 18-year-old is writing a new chapter in the history of British tennis - one that has already guaranteed a windfall in prize money just by reaching the final of the US Open.

Here’s a look at the US Open prize money for 2021, how it is broken down between competitions and what is promised to players at each round of the tournament.

What is the US Open 2021 prize money

In total, the US Open 2021 will offer $57.5 million (£41.52m) in player compensation.

All competitions within the US Open - singles, doubles, mixed doubles and wheelchair competitions - saw a rise in prize money for the 2021 Grand Slam.

"Last year was a very difficult year for all of us, and the pandemic had a profound impact on the USTA’s financial health," said Mike Dowse, USTA chief executive officer and executive director.

"Yet we worked - and continue to work - extremely hard to ensure that tennis would continue to thrive for the long-term at every level, and that work led to more than 4 million new and returning players participating in tennis in 2020.

"Our support of tennis is very broad, and touches every level of the game. The US Open is an unparalleled showcase for all that is so wonderful about our sport, and the players are an integral part of that. We are proud to return our player compensation to pre-pandemic levels."

How is the US Open 2021 prize money split up

The US Open provides equal prize money for both women and men in respective singles draws - and has been that way since 1973.

The singles pot, including men’s and women’s winners, comes to $40,560,000 (£29.2m), meaning a 50-50 split for both draws of $20,280,000 (£14.64m).

  • Men’s and women’s singles (per player) - $40,560,000 (£29.2m)
  • Men’s and women’s doubles (per team) - $6,612,000 (£4.77m)
  • Mixed doubles (per team) - $638,000 (£460,665)
  • Wheelchair competitions - $600,000 (£433,227)

US Open 2021 prize money per round

The US Open prize money is broken down further to reward players for reaching different stages of the tennis tournament, as outlined below.

If Emma Raducanu wins her women’s final match against Leylah Fernandez she will be rewarded with $2,500,000 in prize money.

The 18-year-old is already guaranteed a crisp $1,250,000 for reaching the final of the US Open 2021, having beaten Maria Sakkari in the semi finals.

  • Champion: $2,500,000 (£1.81m)
  • Runner-up: $1,250,000 (£902,556)
  • Semi-finalist: $675,000 (£487,380)
  • Quarter-finalist: $425,000 (£306,869)
  • Round of 16: $265,000 (£191,342)
  • Round of 32: $180,000 (£129,968)
  • Round of 64: $115,000 (£83,035)
  • Round of 128: $75,000 (£54,153)
Emma Raducanu’s route to the US Open 2021 women’s final. (Graphic: Mark Hall / JPIMedia)

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