Wimbledon announced today another prize money increase, this time one with extra weighting to the earlier rounds.
Overall the event will offer a near 12% increase in singles prize money over 2013. The men’s and women’s singles winners will earn a record $1.76M (or 2.96M USD), a 10% bump from 2013.
First round losers will take home 27,000 GBP (or 45.3K USD), a 14.9% increase from 2013. By comparison, the winner of the 1981 men’s final between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg collected just 21,000 GBP.
Times have changed.
“At the heart of the increase is a wish by the Club to continue to build on the work of the last two years targeting the increases to the side of the draw which it was felt needed it most – those players who lose in the early rounds or in qualifying,” Wimbledon announced.
2015 will also mark the first year of a three week grass lead-up to Wimbledon.
The tournament begins this year on June 23.
WIMBLEDON 2014 PRIZE MONEY – GENTLEMEN’S AND LADIES’ SINGLES (in British pounds)
Winner 1,760,000 10.0% increase over 2013
Runner-up 880,000 10.0%
Semi-Finalists 440,000 10.0%
Quarter-Finalists 226,000 10.2%
Fourth Round Losers 117,000 11.4%
Third Round Losers 71,000 12.7%
Second Round Losers 43,000 13.2%
First Round Losers 27,000 14.9%
TOTAL PER EVENT 9,600,000 11.8 %
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