In a year when players arguably have less incentive than usual to play at Wimbledon, organisers have announced a considerable increase in prize money that makes it among the most lucrative of all four Grand Slams for its winners.
After the All England Club imposed a ban on Russian and Belarusian players because of the war in Ukraine, it was confirmed that no ranking points would be awarded at the tournament.
Some players have suggested the decision is demotivating, while others, including two-time champion Andy Murray, have reasonably argued that few players or fans focus on ranking points in the main draw of major tournaments.
The riches on offer would surely have made most entrants think twice about withdrawing over points. Here’s how much players stand to earn.
Wimbledon prize money 2022: What is the total fund?
The total prize fund for Wimbledon this year is a little more than £40.35 million ($49.55 million) — an increase of 15 percent on the 2021 tournament and more than six percent on the previous record, in 2019.
That means Wimbledon pays around £2.6m ($3.2m) more to players than the French Open, although it has a fund of around £3.7m ($4.1m) less than the Australian Open and £6.9m ($8.1m) less than the US Open.
How much does the Wimbledon winner get?
The winners of the singles competitions will earn £2 million ($2.5 million) — a hefty increase on the £1.7m ($2.1m) collected by Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty in 2021.
Prize money is equal for men and women. The doubles champions share £540,000 ($662,000).
What is the prize money breakdown for Wimbledon 2022?
With the possible exception of the US Open, which pays around the same windfall, Wimbledon singles winners take home more prize money than at any other major.
Roland-Garros paid its champions £1.9 million ($2.3 million) in 2021, with the winners in Melbourne raking in £1.7m ($2.1m).
All of which means Australian Open and French Open winner Rafael Nadal is already guaranteed more than £3.6m ($4.4m) from the first three Grand Slams of the year.
Men’s and women’s singles
|Fourth round||£190,000 ($233,000)|
|Third round||£120,000 ($147,000)|
|Second round||£78,000 ($96,000)|
|First round||£50,000 ($61,000)|