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Bigger pay day awaits Melbourne hopefuls

Murray wins Davis CupThe Australian Open launches the 2016 Grand Slam tennis season with record prize-money on offer.

Winners of the singles titles will each receive £1.8m which is £340,000 more than last year.

The runners-up will also enjoy bigger payouts. If Andy Murray is defeated for a fifth time, he will receive almost £1m, or £200,000 more than he earned in his defeat to Novak Djokovic a year ago.

The Scot’s four defeats have at least fattened his bank account by £3m. His opening match is on Tuesday against German 18-year-old Alexander Averev whom he beat 6-3 6-4 in the Hopman Cup last week.

British number 5 and world number 185 Dan Evans has reached the Melbourne main draw for the first time and is guaranteed a minimum payout of £16,599.

The 25-year-old from Birmingham beat Bjorn Fratangelo 7-5 4-6 6-0 in the third round of qualifying in Melbourne and will be one of six British singles players in the main draw. He will face Spain’s world number 19 Feliciano Lopez in the first round.

>> Secret files exposing evidence of widespread suspected match fixing at the top level of world tennis, including at Wimbledon, are being alleged by the BBC and BuzzFeed News.

They report that over the last decade 16 players who have ranked in the top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the tennis integrity unit over suspicions they have thrown matches.

All of the players, including winners of Grand Slam titles, were allowed to continue competing.

The Tennis Integrity Unit – set up to police the sport – said it had a zero-tolerance approach to betting-related corruption.

The cache of documents passed to the BBC and Buzzfeed News include the findings of an investigation set up in 2007 by the organising body, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).


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