Unless you’ve been living under a rock then you’ll know the Novak Djokovic visa drama has cast a bit of a shadow over the Australian Open 2022. Despite the Serbian’s attention-grabbing antics, it’s time to get down to business as the world’s best rally it out for the first Grand Slam of the season.
Djokovic was the defending champion in the men’s singles but, after a lengthy back-and-forth with the Aussie government, has been denied the chance to win the tournament for the 10th time in his career and take his total Grand Slam successes to an incredible 21, opening the door for Rafael Nadal to potentially win his 21st Slam.
Naomi Osaka triumphed in last year’s women’s singles but has her work cut out as home heroine Ashleigh Barty heads into Australian Open on a high after extending her position at the top of the world rankings with a recent title win in Adelaide.
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The British challenge is led by none other than US Open and BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner Emma Raducanu. Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans are joined in the men’s singles by three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, who has been handed a wildcard by tournament chiefs.
An all-star cast will be missing some key players, however, with Roger Federer and Serena Williams both absent through injury.
The stars on show may be playing for the title and professional pride but, let’s be honest, we all want to know how much cash they’ll be taking home. You’ll find all the Australian Open prize money details below.
Australian Open 2022 Prize Money Per Round
A tidy increase of 4.5 per cent on last year’s pot means a total of $75m in prize money is on the line in 2022. Woof! There is more cash on offer at every stage of the tournament and an equal share is split between the men’s singles and women’s singles.
Winner: $4.4m (£2.3m, €2.8m)
Finalist: $2.2m (£1.2m, €1.4m)
Semi-Finalists: $1.1m (£600,000, €700,000)
Quarter-Finalists: $600,000 (£320,000, €400,000)
Fourth Round: $300,000 (£160,000, €190,000)
Third Round: $180,000 (£95,000, €115,000)
Second Round: $140,000 (£75,000, €90,000)
First Round: $90,000 (£50,000, €60,000)
Australian Open 2022 Odds
Daniil Medvedev, who was beaten by Novak Djokovic in last year’s final, is the favourite in our Australian Open Men’s Outright Betting market after the Serb was deported.
Ashleigh Barty is the hot favourite from current title-holder Naomi Osaka in our Australian Open Women’s Outright Betting, despite never progressing beyond the semi-finals at Melbourne Park.
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