Wimbledon authorities has increased the 2017 Wimbledon Prize Money to £31.6 million an £3.5m increase compared to last year’s £28.1m. This is the 6th year in a row that Wimbledon has increase the prize money and the trend is set to continue take make Wimbledon stays the most lucrative tennis grand slam in the world. Both women and mens singles winners will pocket £2.2 million each
Wimbledon 2017 Prize Money Hike: Wimbledon 2017 got another increase in total prize money fund taking the total to massive £31.6 million ($40.98m). However Wimbledon will not the be the most lucrative grand slam in the year as GBP is hit hard by brexit and US Open will become the highest paying tennis grand slam. This is the 6th consecutive year where Wimbledon got a prize money hike. After 7.6% increase in 2015 and another 5% increase in 2016 tournament took total fund to £28.1m. This year another £3.5m is added to the prize money fund taking the total of £31.6m.
The largest chunk of the prize money pool will go to mens and women singles event where around £24m will be distributed among players from qualifying to the eventual winners. while the rest £6.6m will used to compensate players in other events like doubles/mixed doubles. doubles event also got 14% prize money hit while 33.3% increase in women/men wheelchair events.
[ Here is the complete breakdown of the entire Wimbledon 2017 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.