Australian Open prize money revealed as Tennis gears up for first Grand Slam of 2022

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How much Australian Open prize money is on offer for players in the first Grand Slam of 2022? Is there any difference between male and female players?

Finally, the off-court drama can end as the on-court sport takes centre stage in Melbourne over the next two weeks.

The first Grand Slam has been overshadowed by Novak Djokovic being detained, released, re-detained and finally kicked out of Australia after the federal court upheld the decision of the Australian immigration minister to cancel his visa a second time.

Djokovic was going for a record-extending 10th Australian Open title in Melbourne – one that would have seen him eclipse great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the most successful men’s player of all.

But Djokovic is now no longer in Australia, as attention turns to those who actually are.

What is the prize money on offer for the Australian Open? How does it compare to recent years for players – and what’s the split between men’s and women’s offerings?

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Australian Open prize money revealed

In total, a kitty of $75 million Australian Dollars – or £39.5 million in British Pound Sterling is up for for grabs as the Australian Open prize money.

Both male and female players will earn an equal amount for the singles – with a slight increase in the prize fund for the 2022 Australian Open compared to this time 12 months ago.

Some players will have already gone through three qualifying rounds to qualify for the tournament itself – with the singles players making about $107,500 ASD or about £56,500 GBP.

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A breakdown of the Australian Open prize money is below.

First Round – $90,000 – £47,400 GBP
Second Round – $140,000 – £73,800
Third Round – $180,000 – £94,900
Fourth Round – $300,000 – £158,000
Quarter-finals – $600,000 – £316,000
Semi-finals – $1.1 million – £580,000
Runner-up – $2.2 million – £1.16 million
Winner – $4.4 million – £2.32 million GBP

In 2021, the winners of the Australian Open – Djokovic (men’s) and Naomi Osaka (women’s) pocketed $2.75 million ASD as their prize money.

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What about the doubles?

For the doubles tournaments, the winners can expect a prize fund of $800,000 ASD or about £421,000 GBP.

The mixed doubles at the 2022 Australian Open is offering prize money of $190,000 ASD for the winners – that’s about £100,000 GBP.

How does it compare to the other Grand Slams?

The Australian Open is still the Grand Slam with the most on offer to players.

The US Open offers about $70 million ASD to the players or £36.9 million GBP.

Wimbledon is the third best at a shade under the $70 million mark, with the French Open at Roland Garros offering $59 million ASD or £31.1 million GBP.

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