The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has unveiled a 7.6 per cent increase in prize money for this year’s edition of Wimbledon, along with a new sustainability drive for the grand slam tournament.
The moves were among a number of announcements made today (Tuesday) as AELTC celebrates its 150th anniversary this year with a pledge to maintain Wimbledon’s position as the premier tennis tournament in the world.
The total prize money fund for the 2018 Championships will be £34m (€38.8m/$47.5m), compared to £31.6m last year. The ladies’ and gentlemen’s singles champions will each receive £2.25m, increased from the £2.2m Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza picked up in 2017.
Over the last 10 years, the Championships has nearly trebled the total prize money on offer, rising from £11.8m in 2008 to £34m in 2018. Over the same period, first round prize money has almost quadrupled from £10,250 to £39,000, while the singles champions’ prize money has increased from £750,000 to £2.25m.
In March, Roland Garros said prize money for the 2018 French Open would reach €39.197m ($47.9m). The men’s and women’s singles champions will pick up cheques for €2.2m apiece, an increase of €100,000. The 2017 French Open offered prize money of €36m.
The 2018 Australian Open offered a 10-per-cent increase in the total prize money pool for the opening grand slam of the year. The total figure rose to Aus$55m (€36.3m/$42.8m) from Aus$50m. In July, the US Open confirmed its position as the most lucrative of the four slams by announcing that the total prize money for the 2017 tournament would be $50.4m.
Meanwhile, AELTC has said that while industry best practice continues to evolve, particularly at major events, the Club will seek to employ an approach to sustainability that has both “longevity and integrity”, and which will develop further over time.
Among the changes for 2018, the Club has said that no plastic straws will be in use at the Championships, while Jaguar, the official car of the Championships, will introduce 10 electric vehicles into the courtesy car fleet for the first time.
There will also be provision of a paper bag option at The Wimbledon Shops, to complement the existing multi-use, oxo-degradable plastic bags as they are phased out.