US Open 2015: Andy Murray takes prize money past $40m at tennis' richest tournament

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Murray is bidding for his first Grand Slam title since winning Wimbledon in 2013 (Source: Getty)

Andy Murray has taken his career earnings beyond the $40m mark following his early progress at the US Open.

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Murray takes on Adrian Mannarino in Flushing Meadows in the third round today as he bids for what is the richest prize in tennis.

The US Open increased its winner's prize money by 10 per cent from last year's $3m to $3.3m from a record-breaking pool of $42.3m - the most prize money on offer from any Grand Slam.

Murray won his first Grand Slam at the US Open in 2012, but a victory at this year's tournament would entitle the Scot to a paycheck $1.4m larger than what he earned then.

But even if the world No3 can't secure the third major tournament title of his career, he is still on course to enjoy the most financially lucrative season of his career.

With four ATP Tour titles and 56 wins so far this year, Murray has already earned $5.6m in prize money. His previous highest haul came in his US Open victory winning year in 2012 when he took home $5.7m.

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Victory over Nick Kyrgios and Mannarino in New York will take Murray's career total over $40m.

Murray is currently the fifth highest earner in ATP Tour history - but he is fast closing in on Pete Sampras who earned $43.3m throughout a glittering career.

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