Serena Williams and Andy Murray both are set to pocket £2 million each for winning their respective Wimbledon singles titles this year. While Raonic and Angelique Kerber will take home £1m each for reaching the singles final. There was an 5% increase in total prize money fund and below chart shows the entire breakdown of Wimbledon prize money fund.
Wimbledon 2016 got another 5% increase in total prize money fund taking the total to massive £28.1 million ($41.05m) which will make Wimbledon the highest paid tennis competition in the world. This is the 4th consecutive year where Wimbledon got a prize money hike. After 7.6% increase in 2015 tournament when £26.75 million was awarded in prize money, this year another 5% increase will take the total prize money fund to record £28.1 million. The largest chunk of the prize money pool will go to mens and women singles event where around £21.7 will be distributed among players from qualifying to the eventual winners. while the rest £6.4m will used to compensate players in other events like doubles/mixed doubles.
[ Here is the complete breakdown of the entire Wimbledon 2016 Prize money pool, each category has a total purse which is distributed among players starting from the first round losers ]
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History of Wimbledon Prize Money:
One of the oldest grand slam in the world, Wimbledon Championship has been played professional since 1968 and it has recorded prize money history. Back in 1986 the total prize money pool for wimbledon championship was as little as £26,150 where the winners of singles mens and women event took home £2,000 each while runners up got a mere £800 for singles event. Since than total prize money pool has been increasing ever year and in 1984 it hit the million mark for the first time when a total of 1,46 million awarded in prize money.
We take a short look at prize money pool history of wimbledon and the rapid increase in prize money to winners and runners ups of singles events.