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How much do tennis players get paid at the Australian Open?

Posted: 20 January 2020 11:13 am

Aus Open prize money

You won't want to go to work on Monday when you see how much tennis players are paid for the Australian Open.

What's the only thing that could ruin your start to the week more than work? Finding out someone else is getting paid a couple of months of your wage for hitting a ball for an hour or so. Alright now we shouldn't sound as salty as we have, but parents should get their kids playing tennis now.

Just for showing up at this year's Australian Open tournament all men's and women's singles players will be paid at least $20,000. Not bad at all, right?

Check out: Our Australian Open hub page

Obviously there are a few things to consider here, tennis players do still have to pay all their travel and coaching costs plus tax. Then while they still play on the ATP Tour year round, the prize money there pales in comparison to the Grand Slams. So let's not be too harsh on them.

The winners, likely to be the top-ranked players, will pocket a cool $4.12 million. Now wouldn't that be nice for two weeks' worth of work. What else is interesting is tennis is one sport where women are paid the same as men, at least in some major tournaments. Prize money in the men's and women's Australian Open is split down the middle.

The difference being that men play five-set matches and women only play three sets. So as the gender pay gap remains a stark difference in many occupations and sports, female tennis players have bucked the trend, to some extent.

In total there's $71 million in prize money up for grabs at the 2020 Australian Open, which is an increase of 13.6% on last year.

Australian Open prize money

Round Prize money
Qualifying 1 $20,000
Qualifying 2 $32,500
Qualifying 3 $50,000
Round of 128 $90,000
Round of 64 $128,000
Round of 32 $180,000
Round of 16 $300,000
Quarter-finals $525,000
Semi-finals $1,040,000
Finals $2,065,000
Winner $4,120,000

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    lornaJanuary 28, 2020

    do the losers of any game receive money for that game.

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      AaronJanuary 28, 2020Staff

      Hi Lorna,

      Yes the round in which that player is knocked out is how much they’re paid for the tournament. It does not accumulate each round. As an example when Nick Kyrgios lost last night he was knocked out in the round of 16, meaning he will receive $300,000 in prize money.

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