Pay rises are in retailer for gamers at January’s Australian Open with organisers on Thursday saying a 3.4% enhance within the whole purse to a document Aus$76.5 million (US$51.6 million).
The winners of the lads’s and ladies’s titles on the first Grand Slam of the yr will each take house Aus$2.975 million with gamers overwhelmed in earlier rounds faring higher than ever.
Anybody crashing out in spherical one will obtain Aus$106,250, up 3.2%, whereas second-round gamers get an identical enhance to Aus$158,850.
Match director Craig Tiley stated the whole prize pool for the Australian summer time of tennis, which incorporates Grand Slam warm-up occasions just like the United Cup, would exceed Aus$100 million for the primary time.
“It’s crucial to the continued success of the Australian tennis summer time that we offer robust and related enjoying alternatives and be sure that the perfect gamers on the earth are compensated appropriately,” he stated.
“On the Australian Open, we’ve upped prize cash for each spherical from qualifying, by to the finals, with the key will increase within the early rounds.
“These substantial rewards assist gamers put money into their very own careers and in lots of circumstances, set themselves up for fulfillment all year long.”
Australian Open prize cash has elevated by greater than 321%, or Aus$58.32 million, within the final 20 years, when it was Aus$18.18 million
The Australian Open will get underway at Melbourne Park on January 16.