The only major that is played on the grass since the inception of the tournament is the Wimbledon Open, which is one of the world’s oldest tennis tournament. It is considered the most prestigious tournament that was founded in 1877. It is also one of the highest paid tournaments among the four Grand Slams.
The 2019 Wimbledon will take place between 1st July and 14th July. Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic are the defending women’s and men’s singles players. The prize money of the 2019 Wimbledon has increased by 11.76% to overall prize money of £38 million ($49.4 million USD) up from the £34 million ($44.2 million in 2018).
2019 Wimbledon Prize Money
Comparing to the 2018 prize money, the 2019 prize pot has increased by 11.76% which comes around $49.4 million. Right from the Open Era, the prize money has been rising and dropping without a gradual graph. Till date, the highest increase in the prize money was seen in 1994 with 85.31% which resulted in prize money of £97,100.
How much will the Winners and Runners-up Earn?
The winners of men’s singles and women’s singles will receive a whopping £2.35 million, which is a 4.44% increase from the last year’s tournament. The men’s, as well as, the women’s winners will receive the same amount which is around $3 million ($2,983,748 million to be exact).
Not just the prize money of the winners, the prize money of the runners-up has also seen a rise of 4.44% from that of the previous year. The runners-up of Wimbledon will receive an amount of £1.18 million which is around $1,491,874 in USD.
What is the Prize Money for the Semi-finalists and Quarter-finalists?
The players who reach the men’s singles and women’s singles semifinals will be paid with an amount of £588,000, which is for both men and women’s category. The rise in the semifinalist’s prize money is by 4.63% which is same in the case of the Quarterfinalists. The players who get qualified for the quarter-final round will be receiving £294,000 that is $373,286 in USD.
Does Wimbledon Round of 16 Players get Prize Money?
Apart from the winners and runners-up who pick up a huge amount at the end of the tournament, the players who lose at the first round are benefited with high wages. Since 2009, which is 10 years from now, the prize money for first-round losers has increased drastically, from £10,750 to £45,000.
If a player manages to reach the 4th round of the person, prize money of £176,000 will be awarded to them, which a 7.98% increase from 2018. The third round qualifiers will pocket £111,000 as the prize money, whereas the second round players will get £72,000. For those who enter the first round will get £45,000, which is 15.4% rise from last year.
Prize Money Distribution for Other Categories
Men’s and Women’s Doubles
When it comes to the doubles category, the winners of both men’s and women’s group will receive the same amount of £540,000 per pair, which is a hike of 20% from 2018. The runners-up will receive prize money of £270,000 that is of 20% rise, while the quarter-finalists will be paid with £270,000, which is a 20.5% rise of 2018.
In the Mixed doubles, the winners of the event will receive £116,000, which is just a 5.5% increase from that of the previous year. The players ending as the Runners-up of the Mixed doubles will take home £58,000 that is also a hike of 5.5% when compared to the previous year.
Prize money of £58,000 is alotted for both semi-finalists and quarter-finalists of the mixed doubles which will be further split into £29,000 for semi-finalists and £14,500 for quarter-finalists. A hike of 7.7% has been seen in the prize money of first, second and third round of mixed doubles.
Wheelchair Singles and Doubles
In the singles category of the Wheelchair event, the winner will receive prize money of £46,000, while the players who end up as the runners-up will get £23,000. For the wheelchair doubles winners, prize money of £18,000 has been allotted which is 28.6% increase.
The invitation doubles is a special categorization and the winners of this event will be paid with £27,000 per pair (3.8% increase). The runners-up will receive £23,000 per player which is just a 4.5% rise in the wages. A total of £170,000 has been allocated per event.
Check out the table below for the complete list of the splitting of the 2019 Wimbledon prize money to the winners and the qualifiers of each event. In the doubles, the per player salary is mentioned.
|Stage||Men’s Singles||Women’s Singles||Men’s Doubles||Women’s Doubles||Mixed Doubles||Invitation Doubles||Wheelchair Singles||Wheelchair Doubles|
|TOTAL PER EVENT||£14,245,000||£14,245,000||£2,292,000||£2,292,000||£430,000||£170,000||£139,000||£37,000|
Wimbledon Prize Money By Year
The prize money for Wimbledon is recorded since 1968. At that time, the total prize money for the tournament was just £26,150. Since then the money has gradually increased except in 1971 when the prize money reduced to £37,790 from £41,650. The prize money hit the million and 10s of million marks in 1984 and 2005 respectively.
|Year||Men’s Singles||Men’s Doubles (pair)||Women’s Singles||Women’s Doubles (pair)||Mixed Doubles (pair)||Total for meeting|
Who Won Wimbledon in 2018?
- The 2018 Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles were won by Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber respectively.
- The winners of the Men’s Doubles were Mike Bryan and Jack Sock.
- Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková became the champions for the 2018 Women’s Doubles.
- Alexander Peya and Nicole Melichar won in the 2018 Mixed Doubles category.
- Stefan Olsson and Diede de Groot took the leading position in Wheelchair Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles respectively.
- Last but not the least, the Wheelchair Men’s Doubles was won by Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid and Diede de Groot and Yui Kamiji in the Wheelchair Women’s Doubles.
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