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U.S. Open purse to top $22.6 million this year

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Open prize money will top $22.6 million this year, an increase of $1 million over 2009, according to the U.S. Tennis Association.

Both the men’s and women’s singles champions will earn a record $1.7 million and the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus money based on their performances in the U.S. Open Series, the USTA said in a release.

The top three men’s and women’s finishers of the U.S. Open Series -- tournaments during the North American summer season -- are given additional money at the U.S. Open.

This year’s U.S. Open purse includes a 6.7 percent increase in men’s and women’s singles prize money over 2009.

The two-week U.S. Open begins August 30 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Frank Pingue