Wimbledon is the one they all want to win – but how much money do the players take home?
The grass court Grand Slam was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and the hiatus year has impacted the prize pot.
SW19 bigwigs have cut this year’s fund to £35m – a 5.2 per cent drop from when the tournament was last held in 2019. Ah, the good times before COVID.
The four most successful players in the men’s and women’s singles are bearing the brunt of the financial hit, however.
The winners will earn £1.7m but that is 28 per cent less than Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep bagged in 2019 while the runners-up and semi-finalists are set to bank about 80 per cent of what was on offer two years ago.
You don’t even have to win a match in the competition proper to grab a big novelty cheque as first-round losers are handed £48,000 for their efforts. Sure, it’s hardly big bucks for the biggest names in the game but it’s a hefty sum for the lower-profile players.
In fact, the prize money on offer from the first round to the quarter-finals have been boosted as part of wider efforts to help less established pros.
The return of spectators will help bolster the All England Club’s coffers, operating at 50 per cent capacity before a full 15,000 crowd for the Centre Court finals.
Wimbledon Prize Money
The men and women competing at Wimbledon have taken home the same level of pay since 2007. The breakdown per round for this year’s tournament looks like this.
Semi Finalist: £465,000
Quarter Finalist: £300,000
Fourth Round: £181,000
Third Round: £115,000
Second Round: £75,000
First Round: £48,000
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