- Associated Press - Thursday, July 8, 2010

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Open will offer the richest purse in tennis history, with its singles champions each earning a record $1.7 million.

The U.S. Tennis Association said Thursday the purse for the year’s final major will top $22.6 million, an increase of $1 million from last season.

The purse for men’s and women’s prize money is up nearly 7 percent from a year ago. Each singles champion also can make an additional $1 million. The bonus money is from the U.S. Open Series, 10 summer tournaments linked to the U.S. Open.

The two-week tournament at Flushing Meadows begins Aug. 30 and ends Sept. 12.

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