US Open: Record purse of £35m on offer in 2016 event

Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York
The 2015 US Open singles champions were Novak Djokovic (men) and Flavia Pennetta (women)

The richest purse in the history of tennis will be on offer at this year's US Open.

Prize money for the event will be $46.3m (£35m) - an increase of $4m (£3m) on the 2015 event.

Both the men's and women's singles champions will earn $3.5m (£2.6m) - a record payout for the tournament, which runs from 29 August to 11 September.

The average increase per round for the singles competition is 10% above the 2015 US Open.