U.S. Open winners to receive 1.2 million USD

A quick look at the U.S. Open, the year's final Grand Slam tournament, which starts Monday at the National Tennis Center:

On Court Monday: Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Svetlana Kuznetsova - all past Open champions - are among the top players in action. Agassi's match is scheduled to start after 8:30 p.m. (0030 GMT Tuesday), following a ceremony to rename the tournament complex in honor of Billie Jean King.

Monday's Forecast: Highs about 30 degrees Celsius (85 Fahrenheit). Showers likely in the morning, possible in the afternoon and evening, the AP reports.

2005 Men's Singles Champion: Roger Federer of Switzerland.

2005 Women's Singles Champion: Kim Clijsters of Belgium, who withdrew this year because of a left wrist injury.

Other 2005 Champions: Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States in men's doubles; Lisa Raymond of the United States and Samantha Stosur of Australia in women's doubles; Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Mahesh Bhupathi of India in mixed doubles.

No. 1-Seeded Man: Federer, bidding for a third consecutive U.S. Open championship and his third major title of 2006.

No. 1-Seeded Woman: Amelie Mauresmo of France, also aiming for a third major title of 2006.

Finals: The women's singles final is Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. (2400 GMT), the men's singles final is Sept. 10 at 4 p.m (2000 GMT).

Prize Money: The men's and women's singles champions receive $1.2 million (940,000 euros) each. The total purse, covering all events, is at least $18,585,000 (14,562,765 euros); it could top $21 million (16.5 million euros) because the top finishers in the U.S. Open Series are eligible for bonuses.

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Author`s name Dmitry Sudakov