Australian Open Prize Money 2020

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 2020 has just announced a record of $71 million in prize money.

The 2020 total shows a rise of 13.6% on 2019's prize money with a focus on qualifiers and early-round losers who see double-digit percentage growth compared to last year.

Players losing in the first round of qualifying will take home $20,000 in 2020 which is up 33 per cent, while players losing in the first round of the main draw will earn $90,000 in prize money which is a 20% jump.

The finalist and runners up also see a small jump, with the winner receiving $4,120,000 and the runner up bagging $2,065,000 which is a small 0.49% and 0.73% increase respectively.

While there have long been complaints that there is too much money at the very top the game, these bumps signify an increasing amount of prize money for the lower-ranked players which will eventually see the game go full circle and reward players heavily for serving up mediocrity.

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

We have long been committed to improving the pay and conditions for a deeper pool of international tennis players, in fact since AO 2007 prize money has more than tripled from $20 million to the $71 million for 2020 we are announcing today. This year, as we do every year, we worked with the tours to establish the weighting for prize money increases round-by-round, and we pushed to reward players competing early in the tournament in both singles and doubles. We strongly believe in growing prize money at all levels of the game and we will continue to work with the playing group to create viable career paths in the sport and enable more players to make more money. Craig Tiley, Tournment Director

You can check out the full Australian Open 2020 prize money break down 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 2020

2020 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP Year on Year Increase vs 2019
Winner $4,120,000 $2,853,079 £2,204,323 0.49%
Runner-up $2,065,000 $1,430,002 £1,104,836 0.73%
Semifinal $1,040,000 $1,430,002 £1,104,836 13.04%
Quarterfinal $525,000 $363,560 £280,891 14.13%
Round 4 $300,000 $207,748 £160,509 15.38%
Round 3 $180,000 $124,649 £96,305 16.13%
Round 2 $128,000 $88,639 £68,484 21.90%
Round 1 $90,000 $62,325 £48,153 20.00%
Q3 $50,000 $34,625 £26,751 25.00%
Q2 $32,500 $22,506 £17,388 30.00%
Q1 $20,000 $13,850 £10,701 33.33%

Doubles

2020 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP Year on Year Increase vs 2019
Winner $760,000 $526,296 £406,623 1.33%
Runner-up $380,000 $263,148 £203,311 1.33%
Semifinal $200,000 $263,148 £203,311 5.26%
Quarterfinal $110,000 $76,174 £58,853 10.00%
Round 3 $62,000 $42,935 £33,172 12.73%
Round 2 $38,000 $26,315 £20,331 16.92%
Round 1 $25,000 $17,312 £13,376 19.05%

Mixed Doubles

2020 Prize Money $ AUD Prize Money $ USD Prize Money £ GBP Year on Year Increase vs 2019
Winner $190,000 $131,574 £101,656 2.70%
Runner-up $100,000 $69,249 £53,503 5.26%
Semifinal $50,000 $34,625 £26,751 5.26%
Quarterfinal $24,000 $16,620 £12,841 4.35%
Round 2 $12,000 $8,310 £6,420 4.35%
Round 1 $6,250 $4,328 £3,344 5.04%

Australian Open Prize Money 2020 Facts

  • First round qualifiers will earn $20k which is up 33.3% on 2019
  • The total Australian Open prize purse for 2020 is $71 million, up 13.6 percent on 2019
  • First-round main draw singles take home $90k, up 20% on 2019.
  • Prize money has more than doubled (183.9% increase) from $25 million in 2011
  • Singles champions will take home $4.12 million

Australian Open Total Prize Money History

Year Total Prize Money Year on Year % Increase
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.

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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