U.$. Open Payday!

Yesterday, we heard from Mirjana Lucic who has spent the last few years playing tiny, tiny tournaments where the total purse runs around $25,000. How much of a payday does she get by advancing to the second round? $31,000!

So how much do those men and women get by moving on? Here’s what a player gets simply by playing in each of the following rounds (first two rounds highlighted since that’s where we are now):

First Round: $19,000

Second Round: $31,000

Third Round: $50,000

Fourth Round: $100,000

Quarters: $200,000

Semis: $400,000

Finals: $850,000

Champs: $1.7 Million

The total purse is $15.96 million. There is also the chance to win more. Thanks to the U.S. Open Series — the series of tune-ups before the Open — there are bonuses for players who did well there. If these players win the Open here is a look at their mega-payday: Andy Murray and Caroline Wozniacki ($2.7 million); Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters ($2.2 million); Mardy Fish and Svetlana Kuznetsova ($1.95 million).

U.$. Open Payday!