A $27 000(US $28300) for first round losers
Consultations are continuing with the ATP and WTA over the breakdown of the rises, which will deliver the biggest percentage increases to players eliminated in the first three rounds. Women's No. 2 Maria Sharapova is one leading player to have questioned the idea of inflating the rewards for those who fail to win a match, but Tennis Australia remains committed to easing the financial pressure on those ranked 80th and below.
Tiley said on Monday that the winner of this week's wildcard playoff could expect to earn ''above $27,000'' for contesting the January 14-27 tournament. In 2012, players eliminated in the first round at Melbourne Park received $20,800, compared with $22,163 at the French Open, $22,168 at Wimbledon and $21,954 at the US Open (based on current conversion rates).
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