Coco Vandeweghe earned $29,100 for losing in the first round ofthe Australian Open, or about $370 for every minute she was oncourt Monday.That is nowhere near the record $2.56 million that the eventualmen’s and women’s winners will take home, but she says a roughlyone-third increase in prize money for players losing in the firstfew rounds is a step in the right direction.The Australian Open didn’t just boost the overall purse thisyear, it also partly compensated players for their travel to thetournament, a financial boon for those without multi-million-dollarsponsorship deals who struggle to make ends meet on tour.”It’s not easy paying your expenses week in, week out,traveling all over the world. If you are top 100 in most othersports, you’re making millions. Tennis, that’s not quite thecase,” the 99th-ranked Vandeweghe said after her loss to27th-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea.Even though she briefly rose to No. 69 in the world and pocketedmore than $140,000 in prize money last year, Vandeweghe didn’thesitate when asked whether she broke even financially. ”Nochance,” she said.Belgian Olivier Rochus, who also lost in the first round, saidthe $1,000 check for travel expenses was a big surprise. ”I thinkit’s really nice. They really understand it costs a lot of moneyfor… Read full this story
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