How much do winners get, and are men paid more than women?

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The total prize money on offer at tennis‘ most prestigious championships, Wimbledon, has increased for the eighth year in a row. Winners of the tournament, which begins on Monday 1 July, will get the largest share of the £38m pot, up from £34m last year.

Male and female competitors receive the same amount of prize money, similar to last year and every tournament since 2007, but unlike some tournaments prior. Both the singles winners in the 2019 tournament will win £2.35m – the defending champions for which are Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber.

Here is how the prize money is divided up.

Prize money

Singles

Breakdown of prize money for each round:

Winner: £2.35 million

Runner-up: £1.175 million

Semi-finalists: £588,000

Quarter-finalists: £294,000

Fourth round: £176,000

Third round: £111,000

Second round: £72,000

First round: £45,000

It is worth noting that both male and female singles players are far better compensated than doubles players in each tournament. Having said that, pairs progress to the later rounds are still extremely well compensated.

Doubles

Breakdown of prize money for each round:

Winner (per pair): £540,000

Runners-up: £270,000

Semi-finalists: £135,000

Quarter-finalists: £67,000

Third round: £32,000

Second round: £19,000

First round: £12,000

It is also worth noting that mixed doubles players are awarded much less prize money than the winners of other events, as the below chart shows.

Wimbledon historical prize money over the years
(Datawrapper/i)

Parity in prize money between the genders arrived in 2007, in both the singles and doubles forms of the game.

The highest pay disparity disclosed since the beginning of the open era occurred in the year of its inception, 1968, when men earned 167 per cent more than women for winning in the singles tournament (£2,000, compared to £750).

Pay Disparity Wimbledon historical data winners prize money
(Datawrapper, i, LTA)

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Novak Djokovic is estimated to be the highest earning tennis player of all time in terms of prize money, having earned over £100m in all tournaments over his career, including 15 grand slam titles.

Serena Williams is the highest ranking female player, fourth on the overall list with roughly £70m from all tournaments, including 23 grand slams.






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