Wimbledon is the probably the most prestigious grand slam in tennis calendar taking place every year in June/July. Winning wimbledon is widely considered as pinnacle of tennis for both men’s and women’s game. Since tennis became professional sport the prize money at stake has increased steadily but over the last 2 decades the hike in prize money is absolute mind blowing. We take a look at Tennis prize money from 1968 to 2021.
Wimbledon Prize Money History:
The very first Wimbeldon grand slam where prize money was awarded to players took place back in 1968 and after that every year it became more and more prominent in world sports. A total of £26,150 was distributed among players in 1968 wimbledon where mens winner took home £2000 while ladies champion got £700.
In those time women’s event prize money was considerably less but as the wimbledon total prize money increased in next couple of decades and reached over £1.5 million in 1984. That is where men’s champion got £100,000 while women champion got £90,000.
Equality reached in Wimebldon:
It took till 2007, when first time both mens and women’s single event had the same prize money. It was £700,000 for mens champion and £700,000 for woman champion.
Below is the official figures from Wimbledon itself of how prize money has evolved over the last 5 decades.
In 2021, Wimbledon paid out a total of record breaking £35 million ($49 million) in prize money pool. Men’s champion Djokovic took home £1.7 million same as women champion Ashleigh Barty who also pocketed £1.7 million.
Which goes to show how far tennis has come in just over 50 years. From £ 1000 prize money for winning the singles event to £1.7 million today. Still wont let your son or daughter player sports ? Well maybe give it a second thought.