Defending champions Serena Williams, of the U.S, left, and Spain's Rafael Nadal pose during the draw for the French Open Tennis tournament, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014. The French Open tennis tournament starts Sunday. At le
Michel Euler
July 09, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) The 2014 U.S. Open men's and women's singles champions will earn a record $3 million apiece this year.

The U.S. Tennis Association also announced Wednesday that the total purse for the tournament will be $38.3 million, an increase of 11.7 percent from $34.3 million last year. The previous winners of the final Grand Slam tournament of the season - Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams - earned $2.6 million in 2013.

Last year, winners got $2.6 million each. Runners-up will get $1.45 million, an increase from $1.3 million.

Both the men's and women's doubles champions will earn $520,000, the highest in U.S. Open history. A player who loses in the first round of singles at Flushing Meadows will make $35,750, an increase of $3,750.

The U.S. Open starts on Aug. 25.

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