Max Purcell and Luke Saville couldn't quite pull off their Australian Open fairytale, but they plan to use their barnstorming run to the doubles final to take their careers to the next level.
The wildcard pairing's march through the men's doubles draw ended in a 6-4 6-2 loss to the American-British duo of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in Sunday's final on Rod Laver Arena.
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But the result gives Purcell and Saville a rankings boost that will see them gain automatic entry to this year's grand slams, as well as a runners-up cheque for $380,000.
"This is our biggest payday by a mile," Saville said.
"We'll let it sink in a bit, but we just want to get better as tennis players and these dollars will just go straight back into our tennis.
"... This is really going to set our year up.
"It's definitely a massive achievement for us to do this.
"We've halved our ranking, we can play all the slams together and we can choose a few other (tournaments) as well.
"A payday like this will definitely allow us to play a little freer."
Saville said that playing Davis Cup and the Olympics in Tokyo was definitely on the pair's radar following the eye-catching performance.
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The 'Slugs' embrace new nickname
Purcell also banked $90,000 prize money when he qualified for the singles main draw where he was defeated in the first round by Italian Jannik Sinner.
It was the first time the 21-year-old from Sydney had made it into the main draw at a grand slam and he gave much of the credit for his improvement to new coach Nathan Healey.
"The work I've been able to put in with Nathan has been great and having him on the road for more weeks now, being able to afford him, will be great," Purcell said.
"He's got a job and a family he can't be away from all the time, so maybe I'll get some more weeks out of him and maybe I won't, but regardless I think my game is going in the right direction."
Purcell and Saville were bidding to become the first all-Australian pairing to win the Australian Open since Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge back in 1997.
While they have ambitions to follow in the footsteps of the Woodies, they might want to work on their team nickname.
"We're the 'Slugs', man," Purcell said.
"I think it works ... I heard it a few times from the crowd today.
"I think we're going to stick with that one."