Wimbledon Championships – Prize Money Breakdown

Many people believe that The Championships, Wimbledon is the top tournament in all of tennis. Played on grass courts, it takes place every June and July in London, England. With all the prestige a player gains from taking home the trophy, the payday might be a shocker to some.

How much prize money goes to singles winners at Wimbledon in 2021? The Ladies’ and Gentleman’s winners will win £2.39 million each. Since 2007, Wimbledon has awarded equal prize money for both genders across all tournaments. The total prize money has gone up each year by at least some percentage since 1987.

Wimbledon – Total Prize Money

The total amount of prize money that were involved in the Wimbledon Championships 2021 was €35 million. Here is a breakdown of how much prize money that are involved in each event.

Wimbledon (2021)Prize Money
Singles €28.5M
Doubles €4.58M
Mixed Doubles€430K
Wheelchair Singles€278K
Wheelchair Doubles€74K
Quad Wheelchair Singles€68K
Quad Wheelchair Doubles€21K

The Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s singles tournament is the most popular with fans, and they get the bulk of the television time as well. It should come as no surprise that those winners receive the biggest paydays by far out of anyone else in the tournament.

There are still plenty of paydays out there for others to capitalize on. Here’s a breakdown of what other participants might expect.


Singles – Prize Money

Singles (2021)Prize Money
Winner$2.39M
Runner-Up$1.27M
Semi-Final$656K
Quarter-Final$423K
R4$255K
R3$162K
R2$105K
R1$67K

The runner up at Wimbledon receives pretty much exactly half of what the winner gets in prize money.


Doubles – Prize Money

2021Prize Money
Winner$677K
Runner-Up$338K
Semi-Final$169K
Quarter-Final$69K
R3$35K
R2$22K
R1$14K

There has been a recent boost in prize money for not only same-sex doubles, but mixed doubles as well. That increase has far surpassed the singles competition based off of percentages.

Wimbledon is giving early-round participants a significant boost in doubles as well. It’s hard to stay on tour and compete at a high-level as a double specialist, so the extra bit of prize money certainly helps.

It is a bit of a double edge sword, as more casual doubles players suit up and play at the Grand Slams. The prize money might be somewhat enticing, but there is also the prestige of winning a major.


Mixed Doubles – Prize Money

2021Prize Money
Winner€140K
Runner-Up€70K
Semi-Final€35K
Quarter-Final€17K
R3€8.5K
R2€4.2K
R1€2.1K

Mixed doubles is always going to receive less, but they are still getting a pretty good payday compared to most other tournaments.


Wheelchair Events – Prize Money

2021Winner ReceivesTotal Prize Money
Wheelchair Singles (Men & Women)$67K$250K
Wheelchair Doubles $28K$74K
Quad Wheelchair Singles$67K$250K
Quad Wheelchair Doubles$28K$74K

Total Prize Money – Wimbledon History

YearTotal Wimbledon Prize Money% Change
2021£35,016,000-7.85%
2020Cancelled –
2019£38,000,000+11.76%
2018£34,000,000+7.59%
2017£31,600,000+12.46%
2016£28,100,000+5.05%
2015£26,750,000+7.00%
2014£25,000,000+10.82%
2013£22,560,000+40.47%
2012£16,060,000+10.00%
2011£14,600,000+6.38%
2010£13,725,000+9.36%
2009£12,550,000+6.25%
2008£11,812,000+4.69%
2007£11,282,710+8.69%
2006£10,380,710+2.93%
2005£10,085,510+3.90%
2004£9,707,280+3.56%
2003£9,373,990+6.22%
2002£8,825,320+3.52%
2001£8,525,280+5.82%
2000£8,056,480+6.07%
1999£7,595,330+5.38%
1998£7,207,590+4.69%
1997£6,884,952+6.48%
1996£6,465,910+7.31%
1995£6,025,550+6.04%
1994£5,682,170+12.55%
1993£5,048,450+14.30%
1992£4,416,820+10.12%
1991£4,010,970+5.01%
1990£3,819,730+21.89%
1989£3,133,749+19.97%
1988£2,612,126+23.23%
1987£2,119,7800.00%
1986£2,119,780+9.56%
1985£1,934,760+32.35%
1984£1,461,896+49.45%
1983£978,211+64.86%
1982£593,366+84.20%
1981£322,136+9.77%
1980£293,464+5.92%
1979£277,066-0.70%
1978£279,023+25.38%
1977£222,540+41.08%
1976£157,740+37.31%
1975£114,875+18.31%
1974£97,100+85.31%
1973£52,400+4.11%
1972£50,330+33.18%
1971£37,790-9.27%
1970£41,650+24.81%
1969£33,370+27.61%
1968£26,150 –

How Wimbledon Stacks Up Against The Other Majors

What many people are surprised to hear at first is that the prize money at Wimbledon is not the highest available. In fact, Wimbledon gives out the lowest prize money out of all four majors. There is still very little to laugh at with the purse expected to be over £40 million this upcoming year, but how it breaks up is a pretty big change. 

TournamentTotal Prize Money
US Open€51M
Australian Open€44M
Roland Garros€43M
Wimbledon€38M

Part of the reason why Wimbledon does not pay as much out as the other majors comes down to their lack of commercialization. They are mostly clear of any company brands at the stadium. The only brand represented is Rolex, the official timekeeper of Wimbledon. Other majors have additional sponsors that help increase prize money significantly.

Wimbledon was slow to become a bit more inclusive with other tournaments, but they are fully embracing all types of tennis at this point. Prize money increases for the lesser know tournaments are still high priority going into 2020 and beyond.


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