Prize Money Cut for Wimbledon Championships 2021, Winners to Take Home Reduced Paychecks

Published 06/16/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates a point against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)


The organizers at the All England Club have put out a detailed prize money break-up for Wimbledon Championships 2021.

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As was the case with the Australian Open and the French Open, the overall prize purse has been reduced by 5.2 percent to 35.016 million pounds.

Singles Champions at Wimbledon Championships 2021 will get a paycheck of 1.7 mn pounds each

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The championship winners in singles will walk away with a prize money check of 1.7 million pounds, down from 2.35 million pounds in the previous edition of the tournament.

While the prize money has been reduced for players reaching the quarter-finals, semifinals or finishing runner-up, the outlay has been hiked for those finishing between rounds 1 to 4.

It marks a continuation of a policy from Roland-Garros. The French Tennis Federation (FFT), which hosts the French Open, had justified the hike in the payout for players finishing in the lower half of the men’s draw saying it was an incentive for players whose rankings have been hit hard by the pandemic.

The overall outlay for the doubles draw has been reduced by 7.2 percent, again in continuation of a trend from the Australian Open as well as the French Open.

The significant cut in the doubles prize money at Roland-Garros had drawn a sharp rebuke from Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic, who said the organizers are being allowed to get away with anything they want.

Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives for a practice during Day Ten of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Disappointed by the FFT disregarding the doubles prize money and cutting them out significantly. They just do however they want. With no regard,” Raonic tweeted.

The pandemic is the most likely reason for the prize money cut at Wimbledon

While the organizers haven’t let in on why the prize money has been reduced at Wimbledon this year, the novel coronavirus pandemic is the most likely reason for the cut.

The FFT had blamed the pandemic woes for a massive cut in prize money at Roland-Garros last year. With the sponsors citing pandemic woes and their coffers, too, taking a hit, the FFT had announced a prize money cut in the region of 10.93%.

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While the tournament corpus last year had been cut to 38 million Euros, it was reduced further to 34 million Euros this year.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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