Wimbledon authorities has increased the 2018 Wimbledon Prize Money to £34 million, an £2.4m increase compared to last year’s £31.6m thats a whooping 7.6% increase in overall prize money purse for this year’s event. This is the 7th year in a row that Wimbledon has increase the prize money and the trend is set to continue to make sure Wimbledon stays the most lucrative tennis grand slam in the world. Winners of 2018 Wimbledon singles titles will pocket record £2.25 million each. Below is the entire breakdown of Wimbledon prize money pool.
Wimbledon 2018 Prize Money Hike: Wimbledon 2018 got another increase in total prize money fund taking the total to massive £34 million ($45.5m). However Wimbledon will not the be the most lucrative grand slam in the year as GBP has been been hit hard since brexit and US Open will stay highest paying tennis grand slam for third year in a row. This year’s increase follows 7.6% increase in 2015 and another 5% increase in 2016, 5% increase in 2017 took total fund to £31.6m. This year another £2.6m is added to the prize money fund taking the total of £34m.
The largest chunk of the prize money pool will go to mens and women singles event where around £26m will be distributed among players from qualifying to the eventual winners. while the rest £8m will used to compensate players in other events like doubles/mixed doubles. doubles event got 12.5% increase in prize money while 25% increase in women/men wheelchair events.
[ Here is the complete breakdown of the entire Wimbledon 2018 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.