Australian Open boosts prize money to record level

The January tournament, the opening Grand Slam of the season, is expected to attract all the world's top players, led by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

updated: October 02, 2013 10:50 IST
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Melbourne: Australian Open organisers on Wednesday boosted prize money for the 2014 Grand Slam to Aus$33 million (US$31 million) and said they expected all of the world's top 100 men and women to play.

The cash pool will be hiked by Aus$3million, after a Aus$4 million jump in 2013 to record levels, when organisers reacted to threats of a boycott from players pressing for a greater share of revenue.

"We said it last year and we still believe it -- these incredible athletes deserve every cent and we will continue to do everything in our power to make the life of an international professional tennis player more worthwhile," said Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley.

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