Are you ready for another year of exciting Tennis? Every year, the excitement around tennis matches starts with one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, Australian Open. It is the most popular sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere. Every tennis player from around the world will practice hard to win the first Grand Slam of the year.
The total prize money for the 2019 Australian Open is increased by 14% to AU$62.5 million. The 2019 Australian Open prize money in USD is $43.95 million (31st Dec 2018 exchange rate). The 14% increase is to offset the decline in the value of Australian Dollar (AUD) and to keep up with US Open which leads the tennis Grand Slam prize money offerings by a long margin.
What Is New In 2019 Aus Open?
For the first time, the Aus Open will introduce set-tie breaks. If the match reaches 6-6, the first player to score 10 points will be the winner. This decision is taken after the final set of last year’s semi-final match between Kevin Anderson and John Isner which lasted for nearly 3 hours.
The new Extreme Heat Policy permits a 10-minute break after 3rd set for men’s competition. It should be noted that already a 15-minute break is given for women’s and junior singles competition.
What Is the Prize Money for Singles Competition?
Keeping up with the practice, Australian Open announced equal pay for both men’s and women’s singles competition. The prize money for the winners of men’s singles and women’s singles is fixed as AU$4.1 million. While the runner-ups will get half of that (AU$2.05 million).
Those who get eliminated at the first round will take home AU$75,000 which is a massive 25 percent increase from 2018 prize money. Last year those who got eliminated at 2nd round, received AU$90,000 but for 2019 that money is increased by AU$15,000 to AU$105,000.
How Much Will Players in Doubles and Mixed Doubles Competition Earn?
Like the singles competition, the players in Aus Open Men’s and Women’s Doubles competition will also take home an equal amount of prize money. The winners of the Doubles competition will get AU$750,000. Teams reaching the semi-finals and quarter-finals will get prize money of AU$375,000 and AU$190,000 respectively.
The players who get eliminated in the first round will receive AU$7,000 more this year. The prize money allocated for the doubles first round is AU$21,000 per team.
What about Mixed Doubles prize money? If a player reaches 4th round in singles competition or semi-finals in doubles competition he/she can earn more than Mixed doubles winners. The winning team of mixed doubles will earn AU$185,000.
In Mixed doubles, the team that gets eliminated at first round will only get AU$5,950 and the second round team will get AU$11,500. The teams that leave home at semi-finals will only get AU$95,000 which is lower than what players eliminated at the singles 2nd round receive.
Australian Open Prize Money Breakdown
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Australian Open Prize Money History
The Aus Open prize money is gradually increasing since 2001. The money has been increased from AU$13.8 million in 2001 to AU$62.5 million in 2019. Check out the complete prize money history in the table below.
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