Australian Open 2020 prize money details revealed

Australian Open 2020 prize money details revealed

The Australian Open 2020, which marks the beginning of the new season in tennis, is finally here – but how much do you know about the prize money involved in the first Grand Slam of the new year?

As per Express, all the World’s biggest stars in tennis will be competing for a record £54.6million ($71million) in prize money, at this year’s Australian Open. The prize money has seen an increase of 13.6 per cent from the same tournament that was held in 2019.

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The winners of both the men’s and women’s singles events will each receive a payout of £3.17million ($4.12million). Both winners will also receive 2000 ranking points as an additional bonus.

Runners-up for both events will receive $2.065million each in prize money. The men’s singles runner-up will gain 1200 ranking points as a bonus, whereas the bonus is 1300 ranking points for the women’s singles runner-up.

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The full breakdown of the Australian Open 2020 prize money is as follows:

Singles – Women’s and Men’s

Winner

 $       4,120,000 + 2000 points

Runner-up

$       2,065,000 + 1300/1200 points

Semifinal

$       1,040,000 + 780/720 points

Quarterfinal

$          525,000 + 430/360 points

Round 4

$          300,000 + 240/180 points

Round 3

$          180,000 + 130/90 points

Round 2

$          128,000 + 70/45 points

Round 1

$            90,000 + 10 points

Singles – Women’s and Men’s (per team)

Winner

 $          760,000

Runner-up

$          380,000

Semifinal

$          200,000

Quarterfinal

$          110,000

Round 3

$            62,000

Round 2

$            38,000

Round 1

$            25,000

Qualifying Singles – Women’s and Men’s

Round 3

$            50,000

Round 2

$            32,500

Round 1

$            20,000

Mixed Doubles (per team)

Winner

 $          190,000

Runner-up

$          100,000

Semifinal

$            50,000

Quarterfinal

$            24,000

Round 2

$            12,000

Round 1

$              6,250

Novak Djokovic reveals how a slight improvement in serve helped him win Australian Open 2020 first round

Novak Djokovic reveals how a slight improvement in serve helped him win Australian Open 2020 first round Jan-Lennard Struff

Novak Djokovic, who is the reigning champion of the Australian Open, started his new season in style by winning against Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 in the first round of the Australian Open 2020.

While his win as such was not very surprising, the Serbian hit more aces than his German opponent and not many would have seen that coming.

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While speaking to the media after the game, Djokovic revealed that a slight improvement in his serve may have played a role in his victory. He also added that one of his coaches, Goran Ivanisevic – who is also one of only four players to hit 10,000 aces – is responsible for his improved serve.

“Goran’s influencing me a little bit,” Djokovic said, before adding:

“Of course we talked about [my] serve a lot and some other parts of my game where I can improve and maybe get some more free points if possible.”

“I think throughout my career, my serve was maybe a little bit underestimated because of the quality of the return and baseline play. But the serve has actually given me quite a lot of free points in important matches and big tournaments throughout my career,” he explained.

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“In the past year, year and a half, I feel great serving.”

“Obviously I pray to have serving days like I had today all the time. It’s not possible. But I know I can back up my serve with good game from the back of the court,” the 32-year-old concluded.

Quotes via ATPTour.com.

Australian Open 2020: Ashleigh Barty applauded by fans for brilliant gesture to ball girl

Australian Open 2020: Ashleigh Barty applauded by fans for brilliant gesture to ball girl

Top seed and local star Ashleigh Barty has been praised by fans following her brilliant gesture to a ball her during her first-round match in the ongoing Australian Open 2020.

Barty, who is also the reigning World No.1 in women’s singles, stopped play for a moment on Monday night at the Australian Open when a ball girl suffered an embarrassing tumble in Rod Laver Arena.

Watch the incident here, via the video shared right below:

As you can see, the young ball girl stumbled and fell while attempting to retrieve a ball near Barty. The incident may have been embarrassing for the youngster, as it happened in front of a packed crowd inside the Rod Laver Arena.

Meanwhile, Barty, who was about to serve, stopped immediately and asked the girl if she was alright. The young girl was clearly a bit red-faced with embarrassment, but the 23-year-old’s kind act would have surely made up for it.

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Fans have also lauded her since, on social media – with one fan comparing and contrasting her with Alex Benchetrit, who was widely slammed for his crude gesture to another ball girl earlier this week:

Barty defeated Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to ensure her berth in the second round of the Australian Open. Although she lost her first set, she was able to wrap things up in just one and a half hours as she claimed the second and third sets very easily.

With inputs from Yahoo Sport Australia.

Denis Shapovalov slams umpire following ‘terrible call’ during his shock Australian Open defeat

Denis Shapovalov slams umpire following 'terrible call' during his shock Australian Open defeat

Canadian star Denis Shapovalov was shockingly knocked out of the Australian Open 2020, by Hungary international Marton Fucsovics in their first-round match held at Melbourne earlier on Monday.

Fucsovics beat Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 (9/7), 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) in a match which has already become one of the biggest talking points of Day 1 of the first Grand Slam of the new decade.

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Considered one of the brightest future prospects in world tennis, the 20-year-old was expected to challenge the ‘Big Three’ of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – but he got crushed 6-1 in the third set following which he reacted very badly.

The reigning World No.13 threw his racquet down and as a result, the chair umpire warned him. It did not go down well with him and he slammed the official for warning him.

“I’m not breaking any rules,” he shouted at him. “It’s my racquet I can do whatever I want with it.”

“What are you talking about, I didn’t break it,” he added further.

“If I broke it, give me a code, 100 percent. I didn’t break my racquet. It was a terrible call, do your job.”

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Meanwhile, world No.67 Fucsovics said that he played some of his best tennis, as he bundled Shapovalov out.

“I was hitting the ball really well, I like it here. I played some of my best tennis today. Everything was working,” he said.

With inputs from News 18.

Roger Federer apologises for ATP Cup absence after Australian Open first round win

Roger Federer apologises for ATP Cup absence after Australian Open first round win

Former World No.1 and Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer advanced to the second round of the ongoing Australian Open 2020 Grand Slam on Monday, after defeating US-based Steve Johnson in the first round.

After the match, the 38-year-old apologised to his fans for missing out on the ATP Cup which was held in Australia itself, earlier this month.

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All the other top players in the world competed at the inaugural ATP Cup but Federer withdrew as he instead chose to spend time with his family, ahead of the first Grand Slam of the season.

The newly-formed event proved to be a big success as Novak Djokovic lifted the first-ever ATP Cup, and Federer appeared gutted to have missed out.

He apologised while inside the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, after he eased to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win against Steve Johnson.

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“I am very happy [at the win]. It is nice to be back here in Australia,” he said, before adding:

“Sorry I missed the ATP Cup, it looked fun on TV.”

“I thought I would be really rusty but I felt really good. I trained really hard and needed some vacation too and toured South America which was so much fun,” he explained further.

“I needed a rest and then I trained really hard like I always do. I am just glad I never had any set-backs which sets you up really nice for the season.”

“I am happy I played well in practice I felt good and it showed on the court as well,” the 38-year-old concluded.

Quotes via Express.

Australian Open participant slammed for making ‘weird’ request to ball girl

Australian Open participant slammed for making 'weird' request to ball girl

On Sunday, the Australian Open witnessed some bizarre scenes as French tennis player Elliot Benchetrit got rebuked by the umpire for asking a ball girl to peel a banana for him during a match.

Benchetrit was taking part in the qualifying tournament ahead of the Australian Open, and during a short break, he tried to eat a banana for some energy.

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However, with his hands heavily bandaged due to blisters, he asked the ball girl who delivered the banana to him, to peel it for him as well.

Watch the video of the incident right below:

Upon hearing the request, the chair umpire John Blom told Benchetrit to peel it himself, as the ball girl looked rather taken aback by the strange request.

Benchetrit did not appear happy with the umpire’s rebuke but tried to put an end to the situation by attempting to peel the banana with his teeth.

Tennis reporter Lucia Hoffman slammed the France international over the incident, and she was also joined by a number of other commentators and fans as well.

Despite the controversial incident, Benchetrit managed to win the match and qualify for the main draw of the Australian Open.

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He is all set to World No.91 and Japan star Yuichi Sugita in the first round on Tuesday.

Australian Open 2020: Rafael Nadal breaks silence on potentially facing local star Nick Kyrgios in fourth round

Australian Open 2020: Rafael Nadal breaks silence on potentially facing local star Nick Kyrgios in fourth round

Rafael Nadal is all set for the Australian Open 2020 which begins on Monday, but his first match is not until Tuesday when he will face off against Hugo Dellien in the first round.

The reigning World No.1 has some potentially easy draws moving forward in the tournament, but only up until the fourth round, where he could face local star Nick Kyrgios if all goes as per plan.

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And Nadal himself has admitted that he is aware as to how dangerous the Aussie star could be.

“Everybody knows who [Nick]Kyrgios is. Everybody knows how big his talent is and how good he is when he wants to play at his best, when he’s able to play at his best,” he said in a press conference ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year.

“His chances are always there. He is one of these players that have chances in every tournament that he plays,” he added further.

33-year-old Nadal has won 19 Grand Slams so far in his career, and a win at the Australian Open could see him draw level with world record-holder Roger Federer in terms of the overall number of Grand Slams won.

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“It’s true that I went through some tough situations during all my career,” Nadal went on while speaking at the press conference. “But I was able to always, with probably the positive attitude and with the right people around, to find a way to keep going.”

“(It’s) something that is difficult to imagine for me because of my style of game, as a lot of people said, my career should be a little bit shorter,” he added further, before concluding:

“But here we are. (I’m) happy for that. Even for me is a big surprise to be where I am at my age.”

Quotes via Essentially Sports.

Former World No.3 and Swiss star hints at retirement ahead of Australian Open 2020

Former World No.3 and Swiss star hints at retirement ahead of Australian Open 2020

Swiss tennis star Stanislas Wawrinka, who is also a former World No.3 in men’s singles has hinted at retirement ahead of the Australian Open 2020 which begins on Monday.

In a recent interview, Wawrinka said that he knows that he is “close from the end”. However, he also said that he does not intend to hang up his boots until he comes back to the top of his game.

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“I feel like I am lucky to still play tennis, to be at this level, to travel the world and see so many places and I want to enjoy the maximum until it is done. I am soon to be 35 so for sure I am closer to the end,” Wawrinka said, before adding:

“I know I am close from the end and it will happen but before that, I will give it everything I still have. It doesn’t scare me. I know it is going to be difficult because I love what I am doing but one day you have to stop.”

“I need to be fully focused on the moment and cannot think too much about the past and about the future,” he then concluded.

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The 34-year-old – who is seeded 11th in men’s singles at the Australian Open 2020 – will begin his campaign in the tournament on Tuesday, and will be facing Bosnia and Herzegovina international Damir Dzumhur in the first round.

Australian Open 2020: Top seed Ashleigh Barty opens up on being named favourite to win title

Australian Open 2020: Top seed Ashleigh Barty opens up on being named favourite to win title

Ashleigh Barty, who is World No.1 tennis player in women’s singles at moment, is also the top seed at the Australian Open 2020 and has been named the favourite to win the title on her home soil.

It was only on Saturday that she won the Adelaide International Tennis Tournament, and if nothing else, the win cemented her place as one of the top contenders for the first Grand Slam of the year that begins at Melbourne on Monday.

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Ahead of the competition, Barty herself opened up on being named the favourite to win the title, while also revealing what she felt about her own chances in the tournament.

She began by indicating that she has abstained from all the headlines from media and just focusing on herself.

“My face is everywhere a little bit, isn’t it? I’m a bit sick of it, to be honest,” Barty laughed, before adding further:

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“There’s no extra pressure. I don’t read the papers. I don’t kind of look into any more than I need to. I’m here with my team trying to do the best that we can.”

“It’s amazing to have so much support and so much love from the Australian public. I’ve really felt that in an exceptional way over the last 12 months. It’s been incredible,” she explained.

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“Regardless of whether I won the title or not last week, I feel like I’m well-prepared. I’m happy, I’m healthy. I’m coming into the first Grand Slam of the year with a smile on my face. That’s all I can ask of myself. Really special to be able to have won a title last week, my first on Australian soil. Third time lucky is a charm as well,” the 23-year-old concluded.

Quotes via Essentially Sports.

WATCH: Conor McGregor’s classy gesture to Donald Cerrone’s grandmother wins hearts

WATCH: Conor McGregor's classy gesture to Donald Cerrone's grandmother wins hearts

Conor McGregor took only 40 seconds to post a win against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in his comeback game – but his classy gesture to Cerrone’s grandmother after the fight has also attracted a lot of headlines.

After consoling the veteran in a warm embrace on the canvas, McGregor then embraced Cerrone’s grandmother in the octagon as the emotion threatened to get the better of him.

Take a look at the pictures shared right below:

Later on, McGregor himself revealed what he told Jerry Cerrone, Donald Cerrone’s grandmother after the fight:

As mentioned earlier, McGregor defeated Cerrone at UFC 246 – and he did so in a matter of seconds.

In case you did not know, this was his first bout since bidding adieu to the Octagon in October 2018 – and he made sure that it was a victorious return as he beat “Cowboy” at UFC 246 inside the first round itself.

Before UFC 246, McGregor had already spoken about his intention to be more competitive this year, and as per reports, he would be keen on a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov sooner rather than later.

The 31-year-old has fought at lightweight, featherweight and welterweight in his UFC career so far, and with a professional record of 22-4, all eyes will now be on what he plans to do next.

And with hundreds of fans also clamouring online for the potential McGregor-Nurmagomedov rematch, do not be surprised if it actually happens within a few months…

Fans call for Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch after McGregor’s stellar win at UFC 246

Fans call for Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch after McGregor's stellar win at UFC 246

Earlier on Sunday, Conor McGregor celebrated his much-awaited return to the Octagon with a stellar win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 – and since then, fans have started demanding a rematch between McGregor and his arch-nemesis, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Check out some of the best reactions right below:

As mentioned earlier, McGregor defeated Cerrone at UFC 246 – and he did so in a matter of seconds.

In case you did not know, this was his first bout since bidding adieu to the Octagon in October 2018 – and he made sure that it was a victorious return as he beat “Cowboy” at UFC 246 inside the first round itself.

Check out the entire fight sequence, via the videos shared right below:

Before UFC 246, the 31-year-old had already spoken about his intention to be more competitive this year, and as per reports, he would be keen on a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov sooner rather than later.

McGregor has fought at lightweight, featherweight and welterweight in his UFC career so far, and with a professional record of 22-4, all eyes will now be on what he plans to do next.

And with hundreds of fans also clamouring online for the potential McGregor-Nurmagomedov rematch, do not be surprised if it actually happens within a few months…

WATCH: Conor McGregor took just 40 seconds to beat Donald Cerrone at UFC 246

WATCH: Conor McGregor took just 40 seconds to beat Donald Cerrone at UFC 246

Conor McGregor’s return to the UFC was highly anticipated, and the Irishman did complete justice to all the anticipation as he defeated his opponent Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 – and he did so in a matter of seconds.

In case you did not know, this was McGregor’s first bout since bidding adieu to the Octagon in October 2018 – and he made sure that it was a victorious return as he beat Cerrone who also goes by the nickname “Cowboy” at UFC 246 inside the first round itself.

Check out the entire fight sequence, via the video shared right below:

And as you have already seen in the above video, it is this brutal high kick that started it all:

Also take a look at the videos shared below, starting from McGregor’s arrival at the venue:

The videos shown below show how he celebrated post-victory, including his short speech:

Before UFC 246, the 31-year-old had already spoken about his intention to be more competitive this year, and as per reports, he would be keen on a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov sooner rather than later.

McGregor has fought at lightweight, featherweight and welterweight in his UFC career so far, and with a professional record of 22-4, all eyes will now be on what he plans to do next.

With inputs from GiveMeSport.

Former World No.1 reveals who will break Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam record

Former World No.1 reveals who will break Roger Federer's all-time Grand Slam record

Former World No.1 and 7-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe has revealed that although he expects Rafael Nadal to overtake Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam wins’ tally later this year, it would be Novak Djokovic who will eventually end up owning the record.

Ahead of the Australian Open 2020, which is the first major event of the season, Federer stands at the top of the list with 20 Grand Slam wins. He is closely followed by Nadal with 19 wins and Djokovic who has won 16 Grand Slams till date.

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“At the end of the year, it is easy to pick Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to have the most Majors, but on the long-term run, I would have to go with Novak Djokovic,” McEnroe said in a recent interview.

“If he stays healthy over the next couple of years, you could see Novak [Djokovic] winning a couple each year; he will be there, and then you have to wonder whether Roger could win another one and whether or not anyone will ever beat Rafa at the French [Open],” he added further, before concluding:

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“You would think, after what we have been watching in the last couple of years, that Rafael Nadal is going to win another French Open crown, at least one, and pull off something else as well to move past Roger Federer, maybe already in 2020 if he stays healthy.”

Quotes via Tennis World USA.

Italian star recognized as ‘Most Improved Player’ at the 2019 ATP awards ahead of Australian Open

Italian star recognized as 'Most Improved Player' at the 2019 ATP awards ahead of Australian Open

Italy international Matteo Berrettini was officially honoured as the ‘Most Improved Player of the Year’ at the 2019 ATP Awards on Saturday, ahead of the upcoming Australian Open 2020 set to be held in Melbourne.

2018 was Berrettini’s first full year on the ATP Tour, and he compiled a 19-19 win-loss record as he also reached a ranking high of World No.52. He capped off 2018 on a high by winning the Gstaad title, thereby setting the perfect platform to improve further – which is exactly what he did in 2019.

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In 2019, the 23-year-old finished with 43 match wins, a career-high World No.8 ranking and two more titles. Berrettini also made his debut at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, later in the same year.

“Last year, they knew me, but not that much. Now they are studying my strokes, my plays, so it’s going to be tougher. Everybody would like to beat me because I’m Top 10,” he said in an interview from last week, as quoted by ATPTour.com.

“I have to enjoy like I did this year, put in work and still improve… I hope I’m going to enjoy next season,” he added further.

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Berrettini will now kick off his season at the Australian Open 2020 which is all set to begin on January 20. His first-round opponent the Australian wild-card entry Andrew Harris, and the match will begin at 11:00 am local time.