By Weston Blasi
The 2022 Wimbledon tennis tournament is underway at the All England Club in London.
The club has increased its prize money this year, setting a new record for total purse for the tournament’s men’s and women’s winners.
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Here’s the breakdown of total prize money by each round of elimination:
First round: $61,000
Second Round: $96,000
Third Round: $147,000
Fourth Round: $233,000
Finals: $1.29 million
Winner: $2.5 million
While $2.5 million for the winner is undoubtedly a huge sum, some of the recent winners have already made many millions. For example, the No. 1 seed on the men’s side, Novak Djokovic, has made over $150 million in prize money in his career. The four Grand Slam tournaments, of which Wimbledon is one, have increased prize money for early round participants in recent years because players ranked outside the top 100 often make much less money than players in the top 20.
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When some lower-ranked players qualify to play in a Grand Slam, they can make the bulk of their annual earnings at one tournament. For example at Wimbledon, players make $61,000 just for making it into the first round, and $147,000 if they win their first two round matches.
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German player Tatjana Maria, ranked No. 103 in the world, has made just over $248,000 this year in prize money, but on Tuesday she advanced to the semifinals, which guarantees her a payout of at least $636,000, about 2.5 more than she’s made this year. And she could make over $1 million if she wins her next match.
The $2.5 million prize for the 2022 champion represents a 19% increase from 2021 — last year’s winners Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty each won $2.1 million .
The total prize money for Wimbledon 2022 is roughly $49.55 million, a 15% increase from the 2021 tournament.
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At this year’s Wimbledon, players won’t earn rankings points based on their results. Wimbledon refused to allow players from Russia and Belarussia to play because Russian President Vladamir Putin invaded Ukraine . As a result of that decision, the ATP and WTA, which represent men and women pro players, respectively, stripped The Championships of ranking points.
“It was an incredibly difficult and challenging decision to make. It was not one we took lightly,” All England Club CEO Sally Bolton said the week of the tournament. “We thought carefully about the ramifications of taking it. But it was absolutely the right decision for us. It was the only viable option in the context of the government guidance in place. And we stand by that decision,” Bolton said. “We accept that others will take a different view, but we absolutely stand by the decision.”
The initial six days at Wimbledon saw a 7% decrease in total attendance compared to the last pre-pandemic tournament in 2019, according to the Associated Press.