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Nadal© AFP/Getty ImagesRafael Nadal, the 2009 Australian Open champion, will be looking to complete a non-calendar Grand Slam.

Rafael Nadal could pick up A$2.2 million ($2.11 million) if he wins the 2011 Australian Open in January. Tennis Australia announced Tuesday it would offer a record A$25 million ($24.2 million) in prize money, up 3.8 per cent on the previous year.

Nadal will be bidding to complete a non-calendar Grand Slam at Melbourne Park from 17-30 January 2011. Tickets for the championship go on sale Wednesday.

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"It is a mouth-watering proposition, and he certainly will be one of the favourites," said Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley.

"But I think Rafa himself would be the first to point out that at the moment it is all just speculation and there are a lot of tough opponents, including the reigning champion Roger Federer, standing between him and that place in history."

Tennis Australia also announced a 10-year extension of their rights deal with ESPN to broadcast the championship in North and South America.

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