Wimbledon announces huge record prize pool for 2022 Championships
For the first time ever, Wimbledon will give out total prize money of more than £40m in 2022, just over US$50m, tournament organisers have announced.
The exact figure of £40.3m is up more than £5m over the cash on offer in 2021, when the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic meant the prize pool was set at £35.02m.
The Championships peaked in the prize money they offered back in 2019, when the field reaped £38m in total that year.
This year’s pool is up 5.4% compared to 2019 and 11% compared to last year.
After the men’s and women’s singles champions received £2m each for the first time in 2016, each year’s victors received at least that sum until Wimbledon 2021.
Last summer, champions Ashleigh Barty and Novak Djokovic each went home with £1.7m, over US$2m.
This year, the singles champions will win exactly £2m, the same as in 2016 but down on the £2.35m figure received by the 2019 champions, the last time full capacity crowds were permitted at the All England Club.
Money has increased in the qualifying rounds too.
In 2022, players who make it through all three qualifying rounds will claim at minimum £50,000 if they win their first round main draw match.
Players who lose in the first round of qualifying will walk away with £11,000.
Wheelchair tennis has seen the most drastic increase in prize money, up 40% from 2021.
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