An AUS$62.5 million prize money will be at stake at the 2019 Australian Open. Winning the men's and women's singles titles will be worth $4,100,000 each while reaching the final makes the player earn $2,050,000. $920,000 are awarded to the semifinalists while reaching the quarter-finals guarantees a $460,000 cheque.
$260,000 for the fourth round losers, $155,000 for the third round losers. "Just" playing in the first round is $75,000 worth. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal lead the men's seeding, the Serb won six Australian Open titles while the Spaniard triumphed in 2009 defeating Roger Federer in an epic five-set championship clash.
The Swiss will seek his seventh title as well, and he won both in 2017 and 2018. Meanwhile, Federer commented on Chris Kermode possibly leaving the role as ATP Chief Executive: 'If I want to voice my opinion, I need to know.
I care. But it's hard, especially through the off-season, to stay in touch with everybody. The problem with Rafa, as well, he's been away a little bit through injury at the end of the year. All of a sudden you realize, Well, Rafa was not around that much, as well.
So somebody has to call him. For somebody to call Rafa, it's always a bit like, I don't want to bother the guy. I think it's tricky, but somebody needs to reach out to him, no doubt about it. For that, we have player representatives.'