|2011 Australian Open to offer record prize money|
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 10:51
The 2011 Australian Tennis Open will offer a record prize money of A$25 million (US$24 million), which is a 3.8 per cent increase on 2010, it has been announced.
The men's and women's singles champions will each receive A$2.2 million (US$2.1 million) at next year's tournament in Melbourne.
Tournament director Craig Tiley said: "The players come out here and that's really what they deserve."
The new prize money up for grabs at the Open compares with US$27.1 million at this year's Wimbledon, US$22.2 million at the French Open and US$22.6 million at the US Open.
Rafael Nadal will be attempting to win the "Rafa Slam" having already won this year's Wimbledon, US Open and French Open.
The Australian Open will take place from 17 to 30 January. Tournament organisers also announced a ten-year extension of their TV rights deal with sports network ESPN covering North and South America.