Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds his trophy after winning the Australian Open men’s singles title in Melbourne, Australia, January 29, 2023. /CFP

Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds his trophy after winning the Australian Open men’s singles title in Melbourne, Australia, January 29, 2023. /CFP

Australian Open tennis officials have announced an increase in prize money by 10 million Australian dollars ($6.8 million) for the upcoming tournament which begins on January 14 at Melbourne Park.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement Friday that the Grand Slam tournament will now offer 86.5 Australian dollars ($58.4 million) in total prize money.

The U.S. Open announced in August that it was increasing its total prize money and player compensation to a record $65 million, which is the highest among the four Grand Slam tournaments.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus speaks whilst holding her trophy after winning the Australian Open women's singles title in Melbourne, Australia, January 28, 2023. /CFP

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus speaks whilst holding her trophy after winning the Australian Open women’s singles title in Melbourne, Australia, January 28, 2023. /CFP

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus speaks whilst holding her trophy after winning the Australian Open women’s singles title in Melbourne, Australia, January 28, 2023. /CFP

“We’ve upped prize money for every round at the Australian Open with the major increases in qualifying and the early rounds of singles and doubles,” Tiley said.

At Melbourne, first-round qualifiers will receive a 20 percent increase to 31,250 Australian dollars (about $21,000). Men’s and women’s singles champions will receive $3.15 million Australian dollars each (about $2.15 million).

The women’s final, where Aryna Sabalenka is the defending champion, is set for January 27. The men’s final, where Novak Djokovic is the defending champion, is scheduled for January 28.

Source(s): AP

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