Dubai Open Prize Money – 2019

When we hear Dubai, we know it’s about oil, gas, lavish lifestyle and fast cars. And girls, parties, yachts and excess. If you have ever been there, you know this is true. So one couldn’t help but wonder: how much are they willing to pay to have all the big tennis players competing in the middle of the desert, at pretty high temperatures?

A simple answer is: not a as much as you expected. We’ll see below how both ATP and WTA Dubai events are paying their winners and how they compare to similar events.

ATP Dubai is now ranked as an ATP 500 event. The usual prize money for the winner for this kind of tournament is around $450,000 to $460,000. We’ve decided to use US dollars for all prizes, so conversion rates may change the actual results. But, let’s say $460,000 is a good, average prize money for a winner in an ATP 500 event. That’s almost half a mil for one week’s work. Pretty good.

ATP & WTA Dubai Prize Money for 2019

ATP Winner’s prize money?


ATP Finalist prize money?


ATP Semifinalist prize money?


WTA Winner’s prize money?


WTA Finalist prize money?


WTA Semifinalist prize money?


If you make it trough the first round in the ATP event, you’ll end up with $34,100. That is the prize for winning one tennis match against a top 30 tennis player. Given the fact that this is almost the average yearly income in the US, it’s pretty damn good. Of course, you got to spend a lot of money to reach this level in tennis, but still, we are talking about one tournament and one match.

In comparison, we can take other rich tournaments and see what they have to offer. Let’s start with the ATP Tournaments:

  • Barcelona Open winner – $564,975 (higher than Dubai).
  • China Open winner – $733,320 (the richest ATP 500 tournament).

The rest of the ATP 500 events are paying less than those 3 mentioned above (Dubai, Barcelona, and China Open). But, as you can see, Dubai is only ranked third.

Moving on to the WTA Premier 5 events, we have the following:

  • Doha Open (2018) winner – $591,750 (see note below)
  • Rome Open (2018) winner – $571,854
  • Rogers Cup (2018) winner – $519,480
  • Cincinnati (2018) winner – $501,975
  • Wuhan Open (2018) winner – $471,700

Note: the Dubai Open and Qatar Open are switching their rank yearly. For example, in 2019 Dubai is ranked Premier 5 while Doha is downgraded to Premier, while in 2020 Dubai will be downgraded and Doha upgraded and so on.

Conclusion for WTA Premier 5 tournaments prize money?
Well, we have to admit that Doha and Dubai are the highest paying WTA Premier 5 tournaments, but not as higher as you might expect. Take a look at the difference in the ATP tour between China, Barcelona and Dubai.

Nevertheless, this year in Dubai we’ll see all the Top 10 female players.


Australian Open Prize Money (Confirmed) – 2019

The prize for the 2019 edition of the Australian Open has been released. Everybody expected a slight increase of the total prize, when in fact the money increased by over 10% year-to-year. This is a big increase, which places the Aussie Open right after the richest Grand Slam ever, the US Open.

What is the prize money for Australian Open 2019?

The total prize money for the Australian Open 2019 is $62,500,000 AUD (Australian Dollars).
Singles winner takes home $4,100,000 AUD.
Doubles winners get $750,000 AUD per team.
Mixed doubles winner get $185,000 AUD per team.

The biggest increase in prize money has been done for the small players, playing in the qualifiers. For example, in 2018, a player who lost in the R1 of the qualifiers was taking home AUD$7,500. In 2019, the same player will earn AUD$15,000, which is double the sum from last year.

In fact, Australian Open CEO Craig Tiley said that the biggest increase in prize money is directed to qualifiers and first rounds, in order to give a sustainable career path for young players.

Tiley also declared the doubles players received a significant increase in prize money, compared to 2018.

From the point of view of a qualifier, AUD$15,000 can easily cover the transportation and accommodation costs and even make a small profit.

Below is a breakdown of the total prize money (which is AUD$ 62,500,000). Remember that all figures are in Australian Dollars (AUD). The average exchange rate for AUD$1 is US$0,70. If you are wondering why the doubles jump from Round 3 to Quarterfinals, is because of the small draw (in mixed doubles is even smaller).

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When we look at the historical figures, we can see that the prize money increased by 159% since 2011, or more recent, increased by AUD$22.5 million since 2015.