Wimbledon continues grand slam prize purse increases

The All England Club, organiser of the Wimbledon Championships, has revealed a 12.5 per cent increase in total prize money for its 2017 edition, continuing the trend of the four tennis grand slams in raising the funds on offer at their events.

Competitors at the 2017 Championships will receive £31.6m (€37.4m/$40.8m) in total prize money, compared to £28.1m from last year, itself an increase of £1.35m on 2015’s figure. The men’s and women’s singles champions will each receive £2.2m, a 10 per cent increase from £2m in 2016.

Over the last six years, the Championships has more than doubled the total prize money on offer, rising from £14.6m in 2011 to £31.6m in 2017. Over the same period, the singles champions’ prize money has increased from £1.1m to £2.2m, while first round prize money has more than trebled from £11,500 to £35,000.

Other notable prize money developments include a 14.7 per cent increase in the total contribution for men’s and women’s doubles to £3.64m and a 33.3 per cent increase for men’s and women’s wheelchair singles to £200,000.

Wimbledon’s announcement today (Wednesday) comes after organisers of the French Open last month said total prize money for this year’s edition of the tournament will increase by 12 per cent to around €36m ($39.2m). The winners of the singles competitions at Roland Garros will this year receive €2.1m – a €100,000 increase on last year’s tournament.

In December, the Australian Open grand slam increased its total prize money to A$50m (€34.3m/$37.4m) for its 2017 edition, which took place in January. Last July, the US Open bolstered its position as the most lucrative of the four grand slams by announcing a 10-per-cent increase to $46.3m for its 2016 edition.

The 2017 Wimbledon Championships will run from July 3-16, marking the latest start for the tournament since 1895. Andy Murray and Serena Williams are the defending singles champions.