AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2021
How much money does Djokovic get for winning the Australian Open?
As we say goodbye to Melbourne 2021, we consider the financial prizes that have been won and compare them to those handed out last year.
A cool $71.5 million was paid out in this years Australian Open but there were a number of changes to how this was split across the different rounds compared with the 2020 tournament. We look at how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on the prize money.
Australian Open 2021: prize money breakdown
As Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic raised aloft the famous trophy this weekend, they were unlikely to be caring about the reduction in prize money that went with the victory. Their goals in tennis were for trophies and records more than the riches that followed.
The truth is, however, that the drop in the financial prize for the winners was more to do with a change in the share of the total pot available rather than as a direct consequence of the economic impact of covid-19. In fact, the overall prize money of the tournament was up slightly on last year, 0.7% to be precise.
Both Osaka and Djokovic walked away with the tidy sum of $2.75 million for winning the tournament while runners-up Jennifer Brady and Medvedev took $1.5 million each. Those figures show a 33.3% and 27.4% reduction on the equivalent takings from the 2020 Open.
Qualifier #AslanKaratsev, who had never before qualified for a Grand Slam, will soar from 114 to 42 in the rankings and collects $658,000 in prize money, more than doubling his career earnings.#AusOpen https://t.co/u47cYZ17FD— Firstpost Sports (@FirstpostSports) February 18, 2021
Those that saw an uplift in rewards were those that came through the first round of qualifying (an increase of 25% to $25,000) and those that lost in the first round of the main draw (a 15% bump to $100,000) and there were generally improvements across the lower part of the competition.
Australian Open 2021 singles: full prize money breakdown
|2021||Prize money ($ AUD)||Prize money ($ USD)||2020 compared
As the Open director Craig Tiley said before the start of the competition, the focus was on the whole tennis community and not only those that reach the ultimate champions.
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