Australian Open: Five things to watch
The first Grand Slam of the year is underway as the players compete for the Australian Open titles. Novak Djokovic will defend his trophy in the men’s tournament, while Sofia Kenin is reigning women’s champion.
Both players can expect stiff competition, though, with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Ashleigh Barty and Serena Williams also in action.
The total prize fund for the Australian Open remains the same as last year, but with some notable differences.
The winners’ prizes have been cut by around 30 per cent but the money has been redistributed across the earlier rounds.
Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said: “Qualifying prize money went up by 17%, first round by 16%. A first-round loser will get A$100,000.
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“We have significantly reduced the winners’ cheques, but top players like Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams all agreed with spreading the prize money more evenly because it has been a difficult year.
“It’s a great initiative and I have had zero pushback.
“In 2020 there was A$71.5 million in prize money. We have kept it the same this year, despite being forced to run at a multi-million-dollar loss.”
Tiley also said that keeping the prize fund the same was to maintain a sense of normality.
“We didn’t want to have 2021 as an event that has a little asterisk next to it,” he said.
“We wanted a full event and that whoever wins it has won it on complete merit like they would in a normal year.
“And the closer to normality the better it is for people’s psyche.”
The full prize money breakdown for the Australian Open can be found below.
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Australian Open singles prize money
Round 4: £162,493
Round 3: £109,175
Round 2: £76,169
Round 1: £50,779
Australian Open doubles prize money
Round 3: £37,190
Round 2: £25,747
Round 1: £17,165
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