Wimbledon brings ticket price parity to finals for first time in over 30 years
Tickets to the men’s and women’s finals at Wimbledon 2022 will have the same face value for the first time in 31 years.
In 2021, a ticket to see world number one Ashleigh Barty triumph over Karolina Pliskova for her maiden Wimbledon title ran you £200, around $275 US.
Meanwhile, a ticket to see men’s number one Novak Djokovic defeat Matteo Berrettini for his sixth Wimbledon crown cost £240, about $325 US.
Now, according to The Times, tickets for the 2022 women’s final will rise to £240 to match the men’s.
The All England Club has also done away with the discrepancy at the semi-final stage.
Tickets to the women’s semi-finals in 2022 will rise from £170 in 2021 to £210 to fall in line with the cost for the last four in the men’s.
The last time the price for each final was equal was in 1991, when Germany swept the two singles titles with Michael Stich and Steffi Graf.
That was Stich’s sole Slam title in his career, while for Graf it was her third Wimbledon crown and 10th Major overall of an eventual 22, an Open Era record later broken by Serena Williams.
That time was still long before men and women received equal prize money at Wimbledon, as Stich claimed £240,000 while Graf took home 10% less at £216,000.
The first year that saw the men’s and women’s singles champions claim the same prize money came in 2007.
That year, winners Roger Federer and Venus Williams both received £700,000.
In 2021, Barty and Djokovic each won a mammoth £1,700,000, with finalists Berrettini and Pliskova both compensated £900,000 for reaching their respective finals.
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