2021 Australian Open prize money breakdown: Smaller cheques for winners, boost for first-round losers
Organisers have managed to keep the Australian Open prize money for the 2021 tournament steady at A$71.5m (about £40m) despite the coronavirus pandemic, but the champions will walk away with a significantly smaller cheque compared to 2020.
Last year’s winners Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin each boosted their bank accounts with A$4.12 million (approximately £2.2m) after being crowned singles champions, but the last players standing in 2021 will receive a cheque of “only” A$2.75m (roughly £1,5m) – a drop of more than 30%.
The runners-up will each win A$1.5m (about £847,000) while those who exit at the semi-final stage will walk away with a cheque of A$850,000 (£480,000).
There has been an increase in prize money for those who exit the tournament early on as first-round losers will receive A$100,000 (£56,000), an 11 per cent increase from last year, while those who lose in the second round will receive A$150,000 (£85,000).
The doubles champions will receive a cheque of A$600,000 (£339,000) per team and the mixed doubles winners will get A$150,000 (£85,000).
Those who exit at the doubles first round will earn A$30,000 (£17,000) and in the mixed doubles it will be A$6,250 (£3,500).
Full breakdown (A$1 = £0.56)
|Round||Men’s singles||Women’s singles||Men’s doubles||Women’s doubles||Mixed doubles|
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