2006 US Open Prize Money Hits New Record $18.5 Million; Potential $21.1 Million The USTA announced that the 2006 US Open purse will top $18.5 million, with the potential to exceed $21.1 million -- representing the highest annual purse in sports. In addition to the base purse of $18.5 million, the top three men's and women's finishers in the US Open Series may earn up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the US Open. Both the men's and women's US Open singles champions will earn $1.2 million with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money (for a total $2.2 million potential payout) based on their performances in the US Open Series. In addition, both US Open singles champions will receive a new Lexus GS 450h automobile. US Open Prize Money The 2006 US Open purse includes a 6.7% increase in men's and women's singles prize money from 2005's record payout. In 2005, the base purse was $17.7 million, and an additional $1.7 million was paid in bonus prize money -- for a total payout of $19.4 million.