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gaviotabr
Jan 10th, 2009, 11:38 AM
I don't know if this is worth a thread but..


Record prize money for Australian Open winners


ReutersJanuary 10, 2009 4:26 AM

SYDNEY -- The global financial crisis has provided an unlikely windfall for the winners and runners-up at this year's Australian Open with organisers deciding to offer a hefty increase in prize money.


Australian Open officials announced on Saturday they were increasing total prize money for the event to A$23.4 million (US$15.7 million), an increase of 12.3 per cent on last year, with the bulk going to the singles finalists.


Both singles champions will receive a record A$2 million while the runners-up will each pocket A$1 million.


"We believe that A$2 million is an appropriate reward for winning the biggest sporting event in the world in January," Tennis Australia Chief Executive Steve Wood said in a statement on Saturday.


Organisers had already announced in October they were lifting the first prize amounts from A$1.37 million to A$1.62 million but decided to raise it again to A$2million to counter the drop in exchange rates.


"We announced a prize money increase in October for the same reason - to further enhance the status of the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific," Wood said.


"I also said at the time that we would monitor the exchange rate and review the situation closer to the event. We have done that and today's announcement is the end result."


The Australian Open will be held at Melbourne Park from Jan. 19 to Feb. 1.


http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Record+prize+money+Australian+Open+winners/1163600/story.html

2 millions! :eek:

sammy01
Jan 10th, 2009, 11:42 AM
so do we have a breakdown of round by round prizemoney?

Dodoboy.
Jan 10th, 2009, 11:43 AM
Venus will definitely win this, i haven't been more sure of it than i am now.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 10th, 2009, 12:02 PM
recession... what recession???:lol:

Good for JJ when she wins it:drool:

JadeFox
Jan 10th, 2009, 12:06 PM
recession... what recession???:lol:

Good for JJ when she wins it:drool:

I'm not gonna write her victory in stone just yet, but 2 million Aussie dollars can buy a lot of shoes.;)

frupachino
Jan 10th, 2009, 12:10 PM
Venus will definitely win this, i haven't been more sure of it than i am now.

lol.
you may have a point there...

AnnaK_4ever
Jan 10th, 2009, 12:10 PM
2 millions! :eek:

Only 1.4 mln in real dollars :o

Il Primo!
Jan 10th, 2009, 12:14 PM
Venus will definitely win this, i haven't been more sure of it than i am now.

I was about to say that:lol:

mboyle
Jan 10th, 2009, 02:40 PM
Only 1.4 mln in real dollars :o

lol "real" dollars?:lol: Wee bit Amerocentric ey?

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 10th, 2009, 02:42 PM
so do we have a breakdown of round by round prizemoney?


Singles
Winners 1,620,000
Runner Up 810,000
SF 365,000
QF 182,500
Rd 16 88,000
Rd 32 51,000
Rd 64 31,000
Rd 128 19,400

Qual 3r 11,440
Qual 2r 5710
Qual 1r 2860


Doubles
Winners 450,000
Runners Up 225,000
SF 112,000
QF 55,400
Rd 16 31,245
Rd 32 17035
1st Rd 9585


Mixed Doubles
Winners 134,460
Runners Up 67,230
SF 33,615
QF 15,490
Rd 16 7,745
1st Rd 3,755

all in $US