Thanks for clarification. That should satisfy the OP that AE satisfies the minimum requirement in terms of prize money. Correction. Not highest bidder. It's those that meet the minimum requirement in prize money. I am sure there are other factors involved such as running of the tournament, player's and official's area, booths for equipment retailers, hospitality etc. So Australian Open, being very new to the SS scene, wouldn't get SSP status quite yet until it's proven it's worth.