Players say prize money increase a positive step

Updated: January 14, 2013, 9:49 AM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Coco Vandeweghe earned $29,100 for losing in the first round of the Australian Open, or about $370 for every minute she was on court Monday.

That is nowhere near the record $2.56 million that the eventual men's and women's winners will take home, but she says a roughly one-third increase in prize money for players losing in the first few rounds is a step in the right direction.

The Australian Open didn't just boost the overall purse this year, it also partly ...

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