CAPE TOWN - Kevin Anderson’s trophy cabinet may not have changed much since his first appearance in a Grand Slam final at the US Open in the early hours of Monday morning, but his bank account certainly has.
The South African suffered a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Rafael Nadal in New York City, bringing an end to his fairytale run at the year’s final slam.
Nadal’s victory earned him his second Grand Slam title in 2017 (after winning his tenth French Open title in June) and the 16th of his storied career; leaving him second behind Roger Federer, who has won 19 slams in total (the most in history) after winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year.
Anderson has said his time at the tournament was a “great experience” and spoken about having learned much in his comprehensive defeat to the Spaniard.
However, he’ll take home more than just lessons and memories from Monday’s game, seeing as the US Open was officially the richest tournament in tennis history – with a total of $50.4 million being paid out in prize money.
Nadal and women’s singles champion Sloane Stephens pocketed $3.7m (about R47.81m) each, while Anderson and his women’s counterpart Madison Keys earned over $1.8m each (about R23.59m).
Every player to advance beyond the second round of the main draw earned six figures; with those eliminated in the round of 32 coining $144 000, the round of 16 losers winning $253 625, the quarter-finalists earning in $470 000, and the semi-finalists winning $920 000.
Anderson's performance also saw him move up from 32 on the ATP world rankings to 15th.