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Australian Open Again Boosts Prize Money To Record Level

Australian Open organizers today raised prize money for the '14 tennis tourney to $31M (all figures U.S.) and said that they "expected all of the world's top 100 men and women to play." The pool increases by about $3M after a $4M jump in '13 to then-record totals. Tournament Dir Craig Tiley said, "These incredible athletes deserve every cent and we will continue to do everything in our power to make the life of an international professional tennis player more worthwhile" (AFP, 10/2).
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