Australian Open Prize Money 2021

The first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne will see players compete for a new all-time high prize money pool as the Australian Open has just announced $71.5 million in prize money for 2021.

Despite the pandemic having dire economic consequences worldwide, the 2021 prize money total shows a small rise of 0.70% vs last year. There is a strong focus on qualifiers and early-round losers who see double-digit percentage growth compared to what they could have earned 12 months ago.

Players losing in the first round of qualifying will take home $25,000, while players losing in the first round of the main draw will earn $100,000 in prize money which are jumps of 25% and 11.11% respectively.

Those increases are seen across the majority of the main draw, except for the finalists, runners up and semi-finalists who see their paycheques significantly reduced compared to last year.

The Australia Open Champion this year will receive $2,750,000, a -33.25% reduction on last year. The runner up receives $1,500,000 which is a 27.36% drop.

Speaking on the delayed Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said the prize money was another important step in continuing to invest in the playing group:

For the first time in more than 100 years the Australian Open will start in February and we look forward to offering the players what we believe will be one of their best playing experiences in 2021.

From the outset, ensuring players have the best possible preparation for the Australian Open, while at all times protecting the precious COVID-free environment that the Victorian community has built through incredible sacrifice and hard work over the past six months, has been paramount.

It has taken eight months of working alongside government authorities, here in Victoria, nationally and interstate, to give us the opportunity to present an Australian Open that will play a major role in both the economic and psychological reinvigoration and rejuvenation of Melbourne and Victoria.Craig Tiley, Tournment Director

You can check out the full Australian Open 2021 prize money breakdown below. The amounts have also been converted from Australian dollars into USD and GBP to give a comparison for US and UK readers. The amounts are currently the mid-market exchange rate at today's rate but will be updated to that of the day of the final when the tournament is complete.

Prize Money Breakdown for the Australian Open 2021

2021 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2020
Winner $2,750,000 $2,138,125 $1,396,425 -33.25%
Runner-up $1,500,000 $1,166,250 $761,686 -27.36%
Semifinal $850,000 $660,875 $431,622 -18.27%
Quarterfinal $525,000 $408,188 $266,590 0.00%
Round 4 $320,000 $248,800 $162,493 6.67%
Round 3 $215,000 $167,163 $109,175 19.44%
Round 2 $150,000 $116,625 $76,169 17.19%
Round 1 $100,000 $77,750 $50,779 11.11%
Q3 $52,500 $40,819 $26,659 5.00%
Q2 $35,000 $27,213 $17,773 7.69%
Q1 $25,000 $19,438 $12,695 25.00%

Doubles

2021 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2020
Winner $600,000 $466,638 £335,156 -21.05%
Runner-up $340,000 $264,428 £189,922 -10.53%
Semifinal $200,000 $155,546 £111,719 0.00%
Quarterfinal $110,000 $85,550 £61,445 0.00%
Round 3 $65,000 $50,552 £36,309 4.84%
Round 2 $45,000 $34,998 £25,137 18.42%
Round 1 $30,000 $23,332 £16,758 20.00%

Mixed Doubles

2021 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2020
Winner $150,000 $115,275 £65,956 -21.05%
Runner-up $85,000 $65,323 £37,375 -15.00%
Semifinal $45,000 $34,583 £19,787 -10.00%
Quarterfinal $24,000 $18,444 £10,553 0.00%
Round 2 $12,000 $9,222 £5,276 0.00%
Round 1 $6,250 $4,803 £2,748 0.00%

Australian Open Prize Money 2021 Quick Facts

  • First round qualifiers will earn $25k AUD which is up 25% on 2020
  • The total Australian Open prize purse for 2021 is $71.15 million, up 0.70% percent on 2020
  • First-round main draw singles take home $100k, up 11% on 2020
  • Prize money has nearly tripled (185% increase) from $25 million in 2011
  • Singles champions will take home $2.75 million AUD.

Australian Open Total Prize Money History

Year Total Prize Money % Change
2021 $71,500,000 0.70%
2020 $71,000,000 13.60%
2019 $62,500,000 13.64%
2018 $55,000,000 10.00%
2017 $50,000,000 13.64%
2016 $44,000,000 10.00%
2015 $40,000,000 21.21%
2014 $33,000,000 10.00%
2013 $30,000,000 15.38%
2012 $26,000,000 3.98%
2011 $25,005,635 3.78%
2010 $24,094,000 4.12%
2009 $23,140,000 12.33%
2008 $20,600,000 3.00%
2007 $20,000,000 3.63%
2006 $19,300,000 1.05%
2005 $19,100,000 0.53%
2004 $19,000,000 4.51%
2003 $18,180,000 10.18%
2002 $16,500,000 19.07%
2001 $13,857,625  

Historical Australian Open Prize Money Breakdown From Previous Years

Conversions to GBP and USD are based on the closing exchange price on the day of the final that year. So, for example, USD : AUD at the close of play on 28th January 2018.

2020

Singles

2020 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2019
Winner $4,120,000 $2,757,624 £2,092,098 0.49%
Runner-up $2,065,000 $1,382,158 £1,048,588 0.73%
Semifinal $1,040,000 $696,099 £528,102 13.04%
Quarterfinal $525,000 $351,396 £266,590 14.13%
Round 4 $300,000 $200,798 £152,337 15.38%
Round 3 $180,000 $120,479 £91,402 16.13%
Round 2 $128,000 $85,674 £64,997 21.90%
Round 1 $90,000 $60,239 £45,701 20.00%
Q3 $50,000 $33,466 £25,390 25.00%
Q2 $32,500 $21,753 £16,503 30.00%
Q1 $20,000 $13,387 £10,156 33.33%

Doubles

2020 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2019
Winner $760,000 $508,688 £385,921 1.33%
Runner-up $380,000 $254,344 £192,960 1.33%
Semifinal $200,000 $133,865 £101,558 5.26%
Quarterfinal $110,000 $73,626 £55,857 10.00%
Round 3 $62,000 $41,498 £31,483 12.73%
Round 2 $38,000 $25,434 £19,296 16.92%
Round 1 $25,000 $16,733 £12,695 19.05%

Mixed Doubles

2020 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2019
Winner $190,000 $127,172 £96,480 2.70%
Runner-up $100,000 $66,933 £50,779 5.26%
Semifinal $50,000 $33,466 £25,390 5.26%
Quarterfinal $24,000 $16,064 £12,187 4.35%
Round 2 $12,000 $8,032 £6,093 4.35%
Round 1 $6,250 $4,183 £3,174 5.04%

2019

2019 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2018
Winner $4,100,000.00 $2,943,816 £2,231,231.80 2.50%
Runner-up $2,050,000.00 $1,471,908 £1,115,615.90 2.50%
Semifinal $920,000.00 $660,564 £500,666.65 4.55%
Quarterfinal $460,000.00 $330,282 £250,333.32 4.55%
Round 4 $260,000.00 $186,681 £141,492.75 8.33%
Round 3 $155,000.00 $111,291 £84,351.45 8.77%
Round 2 $105,000.00 $75,390 £57,141.30 16.67%
Round 1 $75,000.00 $53,850 £40,815.22 25.00%

2018

2018 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2017
Winner $4,000,000.00 $3,245,202 £2,294,446.29 8.11%
Runner-up $2,000,000.00 $1,622,601 £1,147,223.15 5.26%
Semifinal $880,000.00 $713,944 £504,778.18 -2.22%
Quarterfinal $440,000.00 $356,972 £246,201.82 0.00%
Round 4 $240,000.00 $194,712 £137,666.78 9.09%
Round 3 $142,500.00 $115,610 £81,739.65 9.62%
Round 2 $90,000.00 $73,017 £51,625.04 12.50%
Round 1 $60,000.00 $48,678 £34,416.69 20.00%

2017

2017 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2016
Winner $3,700,000 $2,794,574.60 £2,219,822 8.70%
Runner-up $1,900,000 $1,435,051.82 £1,139,909 11.60%
Semifinal $900,000 $679,761.39 £539,957 20%
Quarterfinal $440,000 $332,327.79 £263,979 17%
Round 4 $220,000 $166,163.90 £131,989 13.70%
Round 3 $130,000 $98,187.76 £77,994 22%
Round 2 $80,000 $60,423.23 £47,996 17%
Round 1 $50,000 $37,764.52 £29,998 30%

2016

2016 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2015
Winner $3,400,000 $2,402,475.40 £1,687,002 9.68%
Runner-up $1,700,000 $1,201,237.70 £843,501 9.68%
Semifinal $750,000 $529,957.81 £372,133 15.38%
Quarterfinal $375,000 $264,978.90 £186,066 10.29%
Round 4 $193,000 $136,375.81 £95,762 10.29%
Round 3 $108,000 $76,313.92 £53,587 10.77%
Round 2 $67,000 $47,342.90 £33,244 11.67%
Round 1 $38,500 $27,204.50 £19,103 11.59%

2015

2015 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2014
Winner $3,100,000.00 $2,411,800.08 £1,599,257 16.98%
Runner-up $1,550,000.00 $1,205,900.04 £799,629 16.98%
Semifinal $650,000.00 $505,700.02 £335,328 20.37%
Quarterfinal $340,000.00 $264,520.01 £175,402 25.93%
Round 4 $175,000.00 $136,150.00 £90,281 29.63%
Round 3 $97,500.00 $75,855.00 £50,299 30.00%
Round 2 $60,000.00 $46,680.00 £30,953 20.00%
Round 1 $34,500.00 $26,841.00 £17,798 15.00%

2014

2014 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2013
Winner $2,650,000.00 $2,304,971.17 £1,398,122 9.05%
Runner-up $1,325,000.00 $1,152,485.59 £699,061 9.05%
Semifinal $540,000.00 $469,692.24 £284,900 8.00%
Quarterfinal $270,000.00 $234,846.12 £142,450 8.00%
Round 4 $135,000.00 $117,423.06 £71,225 8.00%
Round 3 $75,000.00 $65,235.03 £39,569 5.63%
Round 2 $50,000.00 $43,490.02 £26,380 9.89%
Round 1 $30,000.00 $26,094.01 £15,828 8.70%

2013

2013 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2012
Winner $2,430,000.00 $2,530,067.40 £1,461,566 5.65%
Runner-up $1,215,000.00 $1,265,033.70 £730,783 5.65%
Semifinal $500,000.00 $520,590.00 £300,734 14.42%
Quarterfinal $250,000.00 $260,295.00 £150,367 14.42%
Round 4 $125,000.00 $130,147.50 £75,183 14.42%
Round 3 $71,000.00 $73,923.78 £42,704 29.98%
Round 2 $45,500.00 $47,373.69 £27,367 36.64%
Round 1 $27,600.00 $28,736.57 £16,601 38.00%

2012

2012 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2011
Winner $2,300,000.00 $2,446,050.00 £1,556,789 4.55%
Runner-up $1,150,000.00 $1,223,025.00 £778,394 4.55%
Semifinal $437,000.00 $464,749.50 £295,790 4.05%
Quarterfinal $218,500.00 $232,374.75 £147,895 4.05%
Round 4 $109,250.00 $116,187.38 £73,947 17.47%
Round 3 $54,625.00 $58,093.69 £36,974 0.23%
Round 2 $33,300.00 $35,414.55 £22,540 4.06%
Round 1 $20,000.00 $21,270.00 £13,537 0.00%

2011

2011 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP % Change vs 2010
Winner $2,200,000.00 $2,339,700.00 £1,489,102 -0.01%
Runner-up $1,100,000.00 $1,169,850.00 £744,551 4.76%
Semifinal $420,000.00 $446,670.00 £284,283 5.00%
Quarterfinal $210,000.00 $223,335.00 £142,142 5.00%
Round 4 $93,000.00 $98,905.50 £62,948 4.49%
Round 3 $54,500.00 $57,960.75 £36,889 4.81%
Round 2 $32,000.00 $34,032.00 £21,660 1.59%
Round 1 $20,000.00 $21,270.00 £13,537 2.56%
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