Wimbledon has announced record-breaking prize money for this summer’s tournament as it seeks to prevent a boycott of players after they were stripped of ranking points due to a ban on Russians and Belarusians.
Those participating in the championship will compete for a total prize pool of £40.35m, up 11.1% from last year’s event, which had its capacity reduced due to the coronavirus, and up 5.4% than the previous release in 2019.
The two singles champions will take home £2m each, the runners-up will take home half that, while those who lost in the first round will still receive £50,000.
Those who compete in the qualifiers will also see a 26 percent increase from last year and a 48.1 percent increase from 2019.
John Isner and Lucas Pouillet have publicly said they could miss Wimbledon after it was stripped of ranking points for banning players like Daniil Medvedev due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Ian Hewitt, chairman of the All England Club, said: “From the first round of qualifiers to the crowning of champions, this year’s distribution of prize money aims to reflect how important players are to the championship as we hope it continues. organize one of the world’s leading sporting events.
Doubles and mixed doubles prize money increased by 9.6% and 17.4% compared to 2021 and 2019, respectively, while wheelchair and quad wheelchair competition prize money increased by 19.8% and 40.1%.
The resumption of the crowd for the first time in three years and the first scheduled mid-Sunday game helped make this increase in prize money possible.
Before pulling out due to injury, Naomi Osaka said last month, “I’d like to go just to gain some experience on grass, but at the same time, it’s kind of like… I don’t want to talk nonsense – without pun – but I’m one of those players who are motivated by the growth of my rating and the like.
Former semi-finalist Isner, who earned a Wimbledon plaque after playing the longest match in tennis history there in 2010, said: “Right now, to be honest, I’m not thrilled with Wimbledon. I could just show up on Saturday or maybe I’ll play on Monday and see what happens. Because, you know, our currency on tour is points.”
Puy told L’Equipe that he did not expect to play, erroneously predicting that the prize money would be “reduced”.
He added: “At first I decided not to play Wimbledon before I said to myself, ‘No, it’s still a Grand Slam, you’re going’,” and signed up for the grass courts. But I don’t think I will.”
This is the third Grand Slam of the year, the Wimbledon Championship, which runs from Monday 27 June to Sunday 10 July.
When is the draw for the championships?
The official draw will take place on Friday 24 June at 10:00.
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What’s the latest news?
Andy Murray pulled out of Queen’s amid speculation that his stomach injury could seriously hamper his Wimbledon campaign.
The damage is not considered serious, as the two-time champion described the injury as “minor” but “difficult,” showing that while he’s training again with coach Ivan Lendl, he hasn’t been able to work on some of the hits that almost certainly include the all-important serve.
Emma Raducanou is also struggling with a stomach injury, but as with Murray, she is expected to play. The All England club has confirmed that the US Open champion will be seeded 10th at this year’s championship.
Răducanu, who reached the fourth round of SW19 in her breakout tournament last year, has moved up one position from her world rankings due to the absence of world No. 6 Arina Sabolenko of Belarus.
In April, Wimbledon announced that they would ban players from Russia and Belarus due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Men’s No. 1 Brit Cameron Norrie moved up three spots from his rankings to ninth, while Dan Evans was ranked 29th.
World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and Russian compatriot Andrey Rublev dropped out of the squad, while World No. 2 Alexander Zverev was also out due to injury.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal took first place in the men’s seed respectively, while world No. 1 Iga Swiatek took first place in the women’s seed ahead of Anette Kontaveit and Ons Jaber.
Who are the reigning champions?
Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty have won singles tournaments in 2021, but Barty will not be returning to defend his crown after his unexpected retirement from tennis earlier this year.