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The USTA has now announced an increase in prize money by more than two million dollars to reach $25.5 million. The benefit in terms of money could go even further if the player does well at the US Open Series as a whole, as he/she would receive a bonus of $2.6 million. This along with the increased sum would make the prize money over $28 million.
The ATP said in a statement: "We are pleased that the discussions initiated by the ATP with each of the Grand Slams this year have resulted in certain prize money increases for players in 2012, and we remain focused on our active dialogue with these events about player compensation for 2013 and beyond."
The overall increase in prize money has been well distributed. There is an 18 percent increase in the prize money for the first three rounds.
And while the debate over equal prize money rages on, the players once again will get equal prize money, winning a record sum of $1.9 million. With the addition of a $1 million as bonuses.
Jon Vegosen, USTA Chairman of the Board and President, said: "We recognise the mounting financial pressures associated with competing on the global professional tennis circuits and especially for those who do not reach the second week of the US Open. We believe the additional prize money, as well as how it will be strategically distributed, will help alleviate some of the pressure."
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