Tennis officials of the Australian Open have announced a significant increase of $10 million in prize money for the upcoming tournament. Starting on January 14 at Melbourne Park, the Grand Slam tournament will now offer a total prize money of $86.5m. This increase includes adding more prize money for every round, focusing especially on qualifying and the early rounds of singles and doubles. The men’s and women’s singles champions will each receive $3.15 million Australian dollars. In other news, retiring cult hero John Millman is unlikely to play during the upcoming United Cup. This leaves his friend, Alex de Minaur, open for a potential match-up against his girlfriend, Katie Boulter. The Australia Cup campaign begins on Friday night with a match-up against Great Britain at Perth’s RAC Arena. However, Australia withdrew Karolina Muchova due to an injury flare-up, adding intrigue and uncertainty to the tournament. Moreover, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has arrived in Perth to represent Serbia in the United Cup. He expressed hope to continue playing in Australia in the future.

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