Of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year, the Australian Open usually offers the most prize money to players in singles play. That is almost certain to continue to be the case in 2013, as the Australian Open has significantly raised the purses for singles players this year.
Most of the highest percentage increases in prize money for singles players comes in the earlier rounds, but all singles rounds, including qualifiers and the finals, have been raised way up in 2013. Men and women tennis players are paid equal amounts at the Australian Open.
These are the prize money payouts at the 2013 Australian Open in tennis for singles play. All amounts are in U.S. dollars, adjusted from the Australian dollar. The current exchange rate between the Australian dollar and the U.S. dollar is roughly 1.05. The money earned is not cumulative.
Prize Money at 2013 Australian Open in tennis for singles players
- 1st round - $28,980
Just for playing in the first round, singles players at the 2013 Australian Open are paid $28,980 in prize money. That is a 32.7% increase over 2012's payout of $21,840.
- 2nd Round - $47,775
Singles players who win in the first round are guaranteed a payout of $47,775 in prize money this year. That is a 36.6% increase over last year's $34,965 payout.
- 3rd round - $74,550
Players who win two matches at the Australian Open in 2013 earn $74,550 in prize money. A 30% increase over 2012's $57,356 payout.
- 4th round - $131,250
Players advancing to the fourth round receive $131,250 in prize money. That is a 14.4% increase over 2012 ($114,713). A nice increase for sure, but significantly below the increases for the first three rounds.
- Quarter finalists - $262,500
Singles players advancing to the quarter finals of the 2013 Australian Open earn $262,500 in prize money. A 14.4% increase over 2012's $229,425.
- Semi finalists - $525,000
Semifinalists at the 2013 Australian Open will earn $525,000 in prize money. A 14.4% increase over last year's $458,850.
- Runners-up - $1,275,750
The two runners-up at this year's Australian Open, one woman and one man, will each receive $1,275,750. An increase of 5.7% above last year's payout of $1,207,500.
- Winners - $2,551,500
The two winners of the 2013 Australian Open in singles player will each earn $2,551,500 in prize money. That is a 5.7% increase over last year's winning payout of $2,415,000.
Prize money in the qualifying rounds for tennis singles players is also way up in 2013 at the Australian Open.
- 1st round - $3,444 (up 14.7% from $3,003 in 2012)
- 2nd round - $6,888 (up 14.9% from $5,996 in 2012)
- 3rd round - $13,776 (up 14.7% from $12,012 in 2012)
Any player making it through all three qualifying rounds is guaranteed a payout of $42,756 in 2013. That includes $13,776 for qualifying, and then earning $28,980 just for playing in the first round, even if the player loses in the first round.