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U.S. Open Tennis Champions Will Each Win Record $250,000

May 10, 1987|Associated Press

NEW YORK — The 1987 U.S. Open singles champions will collect a record $250,000 each, Gordon Jorgensen, president of the USTA and chairman of the U.S. Open, has announced.

The total prize money of $3,979,294 also is a record, an increase over last year's total of $3,450,800.

Jorgensen said the U.S. Open qualifying round will offer a total of $138,960, an increase of 20% over last year.

Individual ticket prices for this year's tournament have not been increased, he said.

This year will mark the 10th U.S. Open to be played at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow. Previously, America's premier tennis event was played at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills.

Jorgensen also announced the U.S. Tennis Assn. will donate $160,000 to the International Tennis Federation's Grand Slam Trust Fund for the second consecutive year. The fund aids development of competitive tennis worldwide.

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