The 2023 edition of the US Open became a real success in terms of sports spectacle, but also in media attention.
The edition that ended this Sunday of the United States Open broke attendance records, becoming the first Grand Slam to receive more than 950,000 spectators in a three-week period.
The US Open welcomed 957,387 fans over the 20 days spanning the Main Draw and Fan Week, an increase of nearly 8 percent over 2022.
Attendance for the 2023 US Open main draw was 799,402, a record for the tournament. Additionally, tickets for all 25 sessions at Arthur Ashe Stadium were sold out for the second year in a row, and both the men’s (28,804) and women’s sessions (28,143) were the busiest in US Open history.
The United States Tennis Association awarded a record amount in prizes and it stood at $65 million dollarsthat is, eight percent higher compared to the 2022 edition.
This year also marked the 50th anniversary of equal pay between the women’s and men’s circuits. It is worth mentioning that in 1973, the US Open became the first competition to distribute the same amount of prize money for both branches of the circuit, at that time distributing a total of $25,000 dollars for the champions.
Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff received a total of three million dollarsthe runners-up $1.5 million, the semifinalists $775,000 dollars and the quarterfinalists $455,000 dollars.
Just by playing in the first round, the tennis players won a total of $81,500 dollars (44% increase compared to 2022), while those who advanced to the second instance received a sum of $123,000 dollars. Meanwhile, the third phase distributed $191,000 dollars, and the fourth round $284,000 dollars.
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