Australian Open organizers lifted prize money at the season-opening tennis Grand Slam tournament to A$33 million ($31 million).
Tennis Australia said Chief Executive Officer Steve Wood will resign at the end of next month and will be replaced by Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley.
The Australian Open boosted prize money for the 2013 edition to A$30 million ($31.1 million), a record for a tennis tournament.
Sydney lawyer Stephen Healy was elected to succeed Geoff Pollard as president of Tennis Australia for the next three years.
The Australian Open will pay its 2013 men’s and women’s singles champions a record A$2.43 million ($2.55 million) each, with early losers at the season-opening tennis Grand Slam getting the biggest raise.
The Australian Open may add a lead- up event in Asia as early as next year as the Grand Slam tournament looks to increase its engagement with the region, Tennis Australia’s commercial director said.
Sam Stosur’s Grand Slam win at the U.S. Open may take the Australian from the tennis outback to a place among the local sporting elite.
The Australian Open tennis tournament is organizing a wildcard playoff event in China next month to build on the sport’s rising popularity in Asia following Li Na’s Grand Slam success.
The father of Australia’s top-ranked tennis player, Bernard Tomic, was charged with injuring his son’s training partner with a head butt.
Jelena Dokic’s father and former coach, Damir Dokic, remains banned from attending tournaments on the women’s tour, even after the two reconciled this week after eight years, the WTA said.