Australian Open 2021 Prize Money Breakdown: How Much Tennis Players Will Earn

Published 02/06/2021, 11:13 AM EST
The giant Australian Open logo is seen full of tennis balls ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 05, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


The Australian Open 2021 is set to commence on February 8. This is the first time in the tournament’s 100-year history that the event is taking place outside of January. This edition of the Australian Open is indeed a special one, due to numerous reasons. A significant fact is that the organizers have raised the total prize pool to a record-breaking amount! 

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Despite the pandemic wrecking havoc, Tennis Australia has remained true to the benefits that come along with participating at the Australian Open. The 2020 edition saw a total prize pool of $71.5 million (AUD) being awarded, and there’s been a massive rise this year. 

How much is the total prize pool for the Australian Open 2021?

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Kudos to Tennis Australia for not taking the negative slope and decreasing the prize pool. They’ve made meticulous calculations and have increased the total value by an astonishing 12.68%. 

This means that the total amount in the prize pool has now risen to $80 million in Australian Dollars, which is an $8.5M hike. Furthermore, this drastic increase in value will positively affect players who get knocked out in the first three rounds of the tournament! 

An Australian Open flag is seen with the city shrouded in smoke in the background ahead of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Breakdown of Australian Open prize money in round wise format 

The men’s and women’s singles events are the most lucrative divisions at Australian Open 2021. The champions of these respective divisions get paid $2,750,000 (AUD), which is an incredible amount of money. 

But the eventual champions wouldn’t be too pleased when they find out that the organizers have diminished the value down by 33% from last year. This is a major downward spike, but the other competitors will benefit from this. 

As far as the main draw is concerned, the losers in the first three rounds will earn more than what they did in 2019. Here’s a table that depicts the breakdown of the prize pool for the single’s events: 

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Category

Australian Dollars (AUD)US Dollars (USD)

% of change from 2020

Champion

$2,750,000$2,113,375

-33%

Runner-up

$1,500,000$1,152,750-27%
Semi-final$850,000$653,225

-18.2%

Quarter-final

$525,000$403,463
Fourth round$320,000$245,920

6.6%

Third round

$215,000$165,22819.4%
Second round$150,000$115,275

17.1%

First round$100,000$76,850

11%

This will indeed be rejoicing news for participants who won’t make it past the fourth round. There is a major increase in prize money for these competitors, but it comes at the expense of the champion and the runner-up! 

However, this doesn’t make up the entire prize pool of $80 million. There’s also the doubles and mixed doubles that require a part of the money, and one can gather further details about the breakdown here

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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