Open singles titles worth record $1.6M

7/7/2009 - Tennis

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The winners of the U.S. Open men's and women's singles titles will each receive a record $1.6 million.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced Tuesday that's a nearly 6 percent increase from last year. The total prize money will be a record $21.6 million, the third consecutive year the purse has increased by $1 million.

The top three men's and women's finishers in the U.S. Open Series may earn up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus money. The series of 10 events culminates at the Open.

The bonus prize money at the series has resulted in the largest paychecks in tennis history when Roger Federer won a combined $2.4 million in 2007 and Kim Clijsters won $2.2 million in 2005.