Tennis – Australian Open: Record Bonuses for 2019 Edition

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Posted on January 1, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Mathieu WARNIER

The organizers of the Australian Open have announced that the total amount of bonuses redistributed for the 2019 edition of the tournament will increase by 14% compared to 2018.

Tennis does not know the crisis! While the 2019 edition of the Australian Open starts on January 14th, the organizers of the first Grand Slam have made an important announcement regarding the "prize money", the total of the rewards that will be paid to the players according to their performance in the tournament. Compared to 2018, this amount will increase by 14% to A $ 62.5 million (€ 38.1 million). "We do not make any secret about our commitment to taking care of the players as well as possible and making sure they have a memorable experience at the Australian Open," Craig Tiley, tournament director, said in a statement. The players are the stars of the show, they bring the spectators and fill the stadiums. They inspire the next generation to take a racket and push everyone to keep trying, pushing the limits of what is possible. "

A greater effort for players eliminated early

This increase is not uniform and the main effort has been made regarding the players eliminated early in the competition. Compared to 2018, a player who does not pass the first qualifying round will receive twice as much money, or 15,000 Australian dollars (9150 euros) when a player eliminated from entry in the main draw will receive 25% moreor A $ 75,000 (€ 45,750). "The majority of these increases will be towards the eliminated players in qualifying, the first rounds of the main draw and doubles," said Craig Tiley in the same release. It is our responsibility to improve the conditions for all players and ensure tennis provides a viable career path. And that means raising the prize money as well as easing the costs associated with participating in the Australian Open. For the winners of the singles tables, they will now reach 4.1 million Australian dollars (3.56 million euros) against four million in 2018 (3.47 million euros).

The Australian Open doubles Wimbledon and gets closer to Roland-Garros

With a prize money that increases in one year to just under five million euros, the Australian Open takes a step forward in the Grand Slam endowment ranking. While waiting to see the other lifts announce an increase, Melbourne passes the venerable Wimbledon tournament, set at 34.9 million euros in 2018, and is close to Roland Garros, which paid to players 39 million euros last year. But all this is nothing next to the undisputed champion in the field: the US Open. The tournament held at Flushing Meadows had exceeded the 45 million mark for its 2018 edition and there is no indication that a further increase will not happen in 2019. To experience a financial crisis in tennis, we will iron!