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Australian Open Raises Prize Money For Early Round Losers

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(December 20, 2012) The Australian Open 2013 men’s and women’s singles champions will each receive AUD$2,430,000. The total prize money for the tournament AUD$31,000,000. Early round losers will see a boost in prize money.

The biggest percentage increases were in the first three rounds: first round up to $27,600 (up 32.7% from $20,800), second round up to $45,500 (up 36.6% from $33,300) and third round to $71,000 (from $54,625, up 30%).
Prize money for the three rounds of qualifying has gone up nearly 15%.
First round doubles prize money has increased more than 30%.
Round of 16, quarters, semis have all gone up more than 14%.

Tennis Australia  says that it had consulted both tours taking their recommendations for the first step in a four year plan for prize money increases.

“Our motivation is to make a major contribution toward helping ensure professional tennis players can make a decent living,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said. “As we have said in the past, it is a real issue and needs to be urgently addressed throughout the sport.”

“That is why the biggest increases are in the earlier rounds, qualifying and doubles which in effect rewards a lot of the lower ranked players for their achievements which, by the way, should not be undersold. To just reach the main draw of a Slam, a professional tennis player has to be among the top 100 in what is one of, if not the most, competitive professional sport in the world.

“At the same time we also still want to continue to recognize the incredible drawing power and contribution of the top players.

“It is always a balance which is why we undertook unprecedented consultation on this subject with the tours and players who have been extremely supportive,” Tiley said. “We will not be stopping here. There will be more talks and more increases during the next four years. This is just a very positive first step.”

Australian Open 2013 prize money breakdown

(All amounts in Australian dollars)

Men’s Singles

2012

2013

Women’s Singles

2012

2013

Winner

$2,300,000

$2,430,000

Winner

$2,300,000

$2,430,000

Runner Up

$1,150,000

$1,215,000

Runner Up

$1,150,000

$1,215,000

Semi Finals

$437,000

$500,000

Semi Finals

$437,000

$500,000

Quarter Final

$218,500

$250,000

Quarter Final

$218,500

$250,000

Round of 16

$109,250

$125,000

Round of 16

$109,250

$125,000

Round of 32

$54,625

$71,000

Round of 32

$54,625

$71,000

Round of 64

$33,300

$45,500

Round of 64

$33,300

$45,500

First Round

$20,800

$27,600

First Round

$20,800

$27,600

Men’s Doubles

2012

2013

Women’s Doubles

2012

2013

Winner

$454,500

$475,000

Winner

$454,500

$475,000

Runner Up

$227,250

$237,500

Runner Up

$227,250

$237,500

Semi Finals

$113,000

$118,750

Semi Finals

$113,000

$118,750

Quarter Final

$56,000

$60,000

Quarter Final

$56,000

$60,000

Round of 16

$31,500

$33,500

Round of 16

$31,500

$33,500

Round of 32

$17,200

$19,500

Round of 32

$17,200

$19,500

First Round

$9,600

$12,500

First Round

$9,600

$12,500

Men’s Qualifying Singles

2012

2013

Women’s Qualifying Singles

2012

2013

Round of 32

$11,440

$13,120

Round of 32

$11,440

$13,120

Round of 64

$5,710

$6,560

Round of 64

$5,710

$6,560

First Round

$2,860

$3,280

First Round

$2,860

$3,280

Mixed Doubles

2012

2013

Winner

$135,500

$135,500

Runner Up

$67,500

$67,500

Semi Finals

$33,900

$33,900

Quarter Final

$15,500

$15,500

Round of 16

$7,800

$7,800

First Round

$3,800

$3,800

 

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