Wimbledon may have been stripped of its world ranking points but it’s still the one they all want to win.
While that decision, made in response to Russian and Belarusian players being banned from competing, has effectively rendered this year’s tournament an exhibition, there’s still plenty of dosh on the line.
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A record prize fund worth £40.35m is on offer at Wimbledon 2022, which represents a 15 per cent increase on last year’s riches. It’s also six per cent more than the total dished out in 2019 AKA the good times before coronavirus.
The prize money is partially boosted by the fact the All England Club’s grounds will be full on every day of the fortnight compared to last year’s tournament operating at 50 per cent capacity.
Crucially, the men and women competing at Wimbledon have taken home the same level of pay since 2007.
The winners of the singles competitions will see the biggest uplift in their take-home pay as the top prize is a cool £2m – a £300,000 increase on last year’s sum. In fact, every stage of the competition is worth more compared to 12 months ago.
You don’t even have to win a match to snag a big novelty cheque as first-round losers are handed £50,000 for their efforts. That’ll probably be just about enough to cover their expenses what with inflation as it is these days…
The Wimbledon 2022 prize money breakdown per round looks like this:
Fourth Round: £190,000
Third Round: £120,000
Second Round: £78,000
First Round: £50,000
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