Whopping Six-Figure Australian Open Prize Money That Could Potentially Boost American Prodigy Ben Shelton’s Tennis Career

Published 01/21/2023, 12:47 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 15, 2023 Ben Shelton of the U.S. during a practice session REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Yet another underdog is here. People did not expect a new face to reach the latter stages of the Australian Open. But after sending bolts of lightning across the court in the third round, Ben Shelton has done something unimaginable. And what is even more astounding is that the whopping prize money can alter his tennis career and give him an astounding boost. The 20-year-old American has become the talk of the town as he enters the fourth round.

The hard-court major this year has seen some expected things happen. From Andy Murray shattering his young rivals’ dream to the rise of young American players, the Australian Open has a lot to offer this year.

Ben Shelton is on a journey to have an astounding run in 2023

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The 20-year-old American was not a popular name in the tennis world till today. The young world no. 89 entered the Australian Open with a decent start and now he has secured a place for himself in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 15, 2023 Ben Shelton of the U.S. during a practice session REUTERS/Loren Elliott

With that, he has earned just under $300,000 in career prize money, which is quite impressive. What is more impressive is that the young tennis player will earn a whopping six-figure prize money of $372,956.

This will happen if he wins the fourth round at the hard-court major and secures a seat in the quarter-finals. And this will then double more than his career earnings.

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What is even more interesting is the fact that there are four American players in the fourth round of the Australian Open. These include Ben Shelton, J.J. Wolf, Tommy Paul, and Sebastian Korda.

Young talent that took down Rafael Nadal

It was a huge disappointment to see the Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal have a disappointing run at the 2023 Australian Open. The mid-match injury took a huge opportunity from him. But we can not take away the credit from the 27-year-old Mackenzie McDonald who took down the Spaniard. However, he could not keep the same streak alive as he lost his second-round match against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan.

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America has given a lot of young talent to the Australian Open this year. Do you think any American male player can win the hard-court major this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

Edited By: Tony Thomas

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