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US Open 2013 Prize Money – $50 Million by 2017!

untitledThe 2013 Tennis US Open is on its way with the qualifiers phase already being played.

The main draw games will start next August 26th. You can check the main draw games and schedules (printable versions) in the links below.

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/pdf.html?promo=subnav#

http://www.usopen.org/pdf/2013_USO_Schedule.pdf

And TV live broadcast schedules in:

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/about/tv_us.html?promo=subnav

Prize money for the 2013 edition (the 40th anniversary!) recently suffered the major increase ever in a Grand Slam (almost $9 million (m)) totalling a tournament record of $ 34,3m. In this year, the US Open prize money will be the highest of the four grand slam tournaments: Australian Open ($30m), French Open, Roland Garros ($29m), and Wimbledon ($34m).

In singles events, prize money for both men and women are the following:

– Winner: $ 2,6m

– Finalist: $ 1,3m

– Semi-finalist: $ 650,000

– Quarter-finalist: $ 325,000

– Round of 16: $ 165,000

– Round of 32: $ 93,000

– Round of 64: $ 53,000

– Round of 128: $ 32,000

The US Open was the 1st Grand Slam tournament to grant equal prizes no matter the players’ gender. In 1973 John Newcombe and Margaret Court both received $25,000.

Additionally, you may want to keep a Hawk Eye on 3 top players from each gender,

Tennis Hawk Eye – What is it and how does it work?

since they will receive a bonus prize money – depending on where they finish – according to the table below (in women 2 are yet to be designated):

2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series Finish 2013 US Open Finish Awardees
W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128
1st Place $1,000,000 $500,000 $250,000 $125,000 $70,000 $40,000 $25,000 $15,000 Spain Rafael Nadal $
United States Serena Williams $
2nd Place $500,000 $250,000 $125,000 $62,500 $35,000 $20,000 $12,500 $7,500 United States John Isner $
TBD $
3rd Place $250,000 $125,000 $62,500 $31,250 $17,500 $10,000 $6,250 $3,750 Argentina Juan Martín del Potro $
TBD

But there is more. The US Open has made a 5 year agreement with its sponsor (Emirates Airline) to increase the total prize money to about $50m by 2017.

In what respects ATP and WTA points,

Tennis Rankings – The ATP Rankings and scoring ranking points in the Olympics and in the Davis Cup

the US Open awards the following:

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128
Singles Men (ATP) 2000 1200 720 360 180 90 45 10
Women (WTA) 2000 1400 900 500 280 160 100 5

Andy Murray and Serena Williams (defending champions) and Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka (2012 finalists) are the ones with most points to defend. In men this may prove decisive for the next Barclays 2013 ATP Tour Finals 8 players’ shortlist.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2013 – Who Would Be Qualified Today?

Michelle Larcher de Brito

Who is Michelle Larcher de Brito? (WTA)

Michelle Larcher de Brito is a 20-year-old tennis player from Portugal, a former top 100 (76ª WTA – 2009) that has been struggling to build on her high quality beginning in professional tennis six years ago (when she was only fourteen). Today, this US resident, that entered in Wimbledon main draw after playing the qualifying’s was responsible for a major upset in the women singles championship by defeating in two straight sets the current number 3 in the WTA Ranking Maria Sharapova. This is clearly the highest moment in the tennis modern history for a portuguese tennis player.

Michelle Larcher de Brito, currently number 131th in the singles WTA ranking will climb above the 100th place whatever the subsequent performance she might achieve in Wimbledon’s 2013 edition.

The 26th of June 2013 will be remembered for several upsets at Wimbledon namely due to the eliminations of Federer, Tsonga, Azarenka and Maria Sharapova.Michelle Larcher de Brito

 Ancient articles on Michelle Larcher de Brito:  2007  Gone for now, but Larcher de Brito won’t be forgotten

WIKI on Michell Larcher de Brito (in English)

WIKI on Michell Larcher de Brito (in Portuguese)

Tennis Australian Open – Women’s Poll Results and Our Predictions

Now that the Australian Open is heading for the semifinals, we publish our Poll results and present our forecasts both for the 2nd semifinal line-up as well as for the Winner of the First 2013 Grand Slam.

Poll results till January 22nd 11: 00 AM CET:

Player N. Votes %
S. Williams 26 53,1%
Sharapova 10 20,4%
Azarenka 8 16,3%
Na Li 3 6,1%
Other 2 4,1%
Total 49 100,0%

We believe the 2nd semifinal will pair Serena Williams and current WTA Ranking N.º 1 Victoria Azarenka.  The 1st semifinal is already defined: Li Na will face Sharapova.

The final will be probably between Serena Williams and Sharapova. We bet on Serena, as our readers seem to do, to take her 6th Australian Open and 16th career Grand Slam.

If this final prediction proves to be correct it will be game n.º 13 between those 2. In the 12 games played till now Serena leads 10-2.

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Australian Open 2013 Apps for iPhone and Android – includes radio broadcast

Here we go for the first grand slam fortnight of the year! Australian Open 2013 final draws are now known and the games are about to begin. One of the most feasible way to follow the event, especially if you live almost in the opposite side of the world is to install the Australian Open 2013 app in your smartphone (if you happen to have one, naturally).

And the app are alive and kicking for:

  • iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/br/app/australian-open-tennis-championships/id345137837?mt=8
  • Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ibm.events.android.ausopen&feature=search_result

At least in the Google Play app store we found also an app for the Australian Open Radio Broadcast. Check it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.leadapps.android.aoradio&feature=search_result

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2013 Australian Open Qualifiers Official Live Feed

The Australian Open organization is providing a live feed of the qualifiers in its official website and yes, the games are on!

The main draw will begin play in the 14th but the qualifiers are just about to start. Here is the link to the official feed:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/video/live.html

 

Who will win the Australian Open – Women’s Single (Tennis)

Comparing to the 2012 edition the most significant feature of the Australian Open 2013 Women’s singles is this: Serena is back! But will she win? The Australian Open is set to begin in January the 14th, we are just a few day away. Care to pick the winner?

The tennis season starts today but not for Nadal who is out of the Australian Open 2013

The 2013 tennis season is beginning but not for Rafael Nadal. After the knee problems that kept Nadal out of the courts in the last semester of 2012, now, just while he was scheduled to start competing, a stomach virus defeated all hope for him to play the first Grand Slam of the year. Currently at number four in the ATP Rankings with 6,690 points, Nadal him most probably lose several positions by January 28th 2013, the day when the 1200 points Nadal gathered as the runner up in last year’s Australian Open final will be dropped from the ranking.
David Ferrer, currently number five in the ranking and only defending 360 points in the Australian Open, for instance, will definitively end January above Nadal’s score.
In the meantime Novak Djokovic won the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi (against Nicolas Almagro) and Li Na defeated Viktoria Azarenka in the exhibition tournament of Hua Hin (Thailand).
The first official tournaments are about to begin. This is the official ATP calendar for December 2012:

DECEMBER

logo atp 250 30.12.2012 Brisbane International
Brisbane, Australia
Hard $ 436,630
($ 486,000)
SGL 32
DBL 16
2011 Champions => Singles : Andy Murray
Doubles : Daniel Nestor, Max Mirnyi
logo atp 250 31.12.2012 Aircel Chennai Open
Chennai, India
Hard $ 385,150
($ 450,000)
SGL 28
DBL 16
2011 Champions => Singles : Milos Raonic
Doubles : Janko Tipsarevic, Leander Paes
logo atp 250 31.12.2012 Qatar ExxonMobil Open
Doha, Qatar
Hard $ 1,054,720
($ 1,110,250)
SGL 32
DBL 16
2011 Champions => Singles : Jo Wilfried Tsonga
Doubles : Lukas Rosol, Filip Polasek

And these are the WTA tournaments that start the women season 2013:

Shenzhen Longgang Gemdale Open

Dec 30 – Jan 05, 2013
Shenzhen, China

Brisbane International

Dec 30 – Jan 05, 2013
Brisbane, Australia