The Washington Times - July 9, 2008, 12:28PM

OK, so perhaps we’ve been a little too obsessed with tennis recently. We’ll stop it. We promise. But before we quit it’s worth noting the recent news from the USTA, which bumped up its prize money for the U.S. Open.

Prize money for the U.S. Open will rise 7 percent to $20.6 million in total, with a possible bonus of $2.6 million for the top finishers in the Olympus U.S. Open Series tournaments. That brings the total possible purse to a record $23.2 million.

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The U.S. Open Series tournaments include the 10 ATP and WTA hardcourt events that start on July 14 and lead up to the U.S. Open, which begins August 25. The top three male and female players in the series tournaments will get a bonus based on how well they fare at the U.S. Open.

Here’s how the prize money and bonus breaks down:

U.S. Open Winner: $1.5 million.

Series Bonus: $1 million for first place, $500,000 for second, $250,000 for third.

U.S. Open Finalist: $750,000.

Series Bonus: $500,000 for first place, $250,000 for second, $125,000 for third

U.S Open Semifinalist: $320,000

Series Bonus: $250,000 for first place, $125,000 for second, $62,500 for third

U.S. Open Quarterfinalist: $160,000.

Series Bonus: $125,000 for first, $62,500 for second, $31,125 for third.