For any tennis player, winning or placing at Wimbledon is a huge deal — both for the glory and for the big monetary payoff.
How Big Is the Winner’s Purse?
The total pot for this year’s Wimbledon tournament is £38 million (around $49.4 million), representing an 11.76% increase over 2018’s £34 million. In line with the other three Grand Slams, Wimbledon has used the increase to significantly boost the prize money for those who see earlier exits.
Wimbledon’s victors still see the highest payday by far. The winners of the men’s and women’s singles winners will each earn £2.35 million ($2.98 million) — a 4.44% increase over last year.
How Much Money Do Runners-Up Earn?
The runners-up will still get to fill their pockets, too, with £1,175,000 ($1.49 million) in prize money. Semifinalists rake in £588,000 ($662,0000), while quarter-finalists net £294,000 ($331,000). Players who make it to the round of 16 come away with £176,000 ($223,000). Those knocked out in the third, second and first rounds get £111,000 ($140,000), £72,000 ($91,000) and £45,000 ($57,000), respectively.
Who Are the Favorites?
Serena Williams is looking for her 24th Grand Slam victory in singles play, and she’s made it through to the semifinals. The Nike athlete will take on Barbora Strýcová. The winner of their matchup will go on to face the victor of Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep’s match.
On the men’s end, quarterfinals play is still underway, with the big three — Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic — all playing tomorrow. Djokovic is the favorite to win, with oddsmakers placing Federer and Nadal just behind him.
What Do Doubles Winners Earn?
Pay for doubles winners has significantly increased from this year to last. The winning pairs for men’s and women’s doubles will pocket £540,000 ($682,000) this year — up 20% from last year. The mixed doubles victors will receive £116,000 ($147,000) per pair.
For the big-name stars like Williams and Federer, there’s still plenty of opportunity to earn big, even without adding another trophy to the shelf. The athletes have lucrative endorsement deals, both in sneakers and apparel, and elsewhere.
See some of the biggest stars’ endorsements below:
- Credit Suisse
- Kia Motors
- Beats Electronics
- Superior Golf & Spa Resort
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