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Prize Money at 2012 Australian Open for Doubles Players: A Fan’s Look
This is the prize money available for the doubles players at the 2012 Australian Open. Doubles tennis players make significantly less than the singles players do at the Australian Open, and all of the Grand Slam tennis events. That's because singles play is much more popular among tennis fans.
I've been a tennis player and tennis fan since I was a kid in the early 1970s. I've played tons of singles and doubles tennis matches over the years and really enjoy playing both. I always enjoy watching the pros play both singles and doubles at the Australian Open and other Grand Slam events, but doubles tennis is much harder to watch on TV. That's a big reason why doubles players get paid less money than singles players do.
Prize Money 2012 Australian Open for Men's and Women's Doubles
Fewer tennis players actually compete in the doubles competition at almost all tennis events. That's because the prize money is so much less than what it is for the singles players. Plus, all the money shown here for each round is per team, meaning it must be split among the two teammates.
There is one fewer round in the doubles competition than there is in singles play. All money is in U.S. dollars, converted from Australian dollars.
Men's and woman's doubles teams get $9,882 for playing in the first round. That's per team, so the players only get $4,991 each.
Second Round - $17,706
Players who win in the first round of Australian Open in doubles play get $8,853 each. So winning the first round is worth $3,862 for each player.
Third Round - $32,426
Winning in the second round is worth $16,213 for each player. So winning in the second round is worth $7,360 more per player.
Quarter Finalists - $57,646
Making it to the quarterfinals is worth $28,823 per player. So winning in the third round is worth $12,610 per player.
Semifinalists - $116,322
Making it to the semifinals is worth $58,161 per player. Winning in the quarterfinals earns each player $29,338 more than what the losers get.
Runners-Up - $233,931
Making it to the doubles final is worth $116,966 for each player. That's just about twice as much as what players who make it to the semis earn.
Winners - $467,862
Doubles winners at the Australian Open win $233,841 each. That's double what the runner-ups get. Professional tennis plays can make very nice livings if they are good enough to win doubles tournaments at the Grand Slam events. The two winners of the men's and woman's singles titles at the Australian Open in 2012 will get almost $2.4 million each though—almost 10 times as much money.
Prize Money at 2012 Australian Open for Mixed Doubles
The prize money really goes down for the mixed doubles tennis players at the Australian Open. As a result, a lot fewer players even bother to play the mixed doubles, and the competition has one fewer round than the doubles play, and two fewer rounds than singles play.
First Round - $3,912
For showing up for a first-round mixed doubles match, players earn $1,956 each. If you are a great tennis player that is peanuts.
Second Round - $8,029
Second-round players get $4,015 each. That's over double what first-round losers get.
Quarterfinalists - $15,956
Players making it through the second round get $7,978 each, or just about double what second-round losers take home.
Semifinalists - $34,897
Making it to the final four in the mixed doubles at the Australian Open is worth $17,449 for each winner. That's $9,471 more than the losers in the quarters get.
Runners-Up - $69,485
Making it to the finals of the mixed doubles is worth $34,743 for each player. That's just about twice as much money as the semifinalist losers get.
Winners - $139,484
Winning the mixed doubles at the Australian Open is worth $69,742 for each of the two winners. That is a little more than double what the two losers in the final get. It's also $164,099 less than the doubles winners get.
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