Wimbledon has announced a record prize money for this summer’s tournament as it tries to avoid a player boycott after being stripped of ranking points due to the ban on Russians and Belarusians.
Those who enter the championship will compete for a prize pool of £40.35m, 11.1% more than last year’s event – which had a reduced capacity due to the coronavirus – and 5.4% more than the previous edition. previous in 2019.
The two singles champions will take home £2 million each, the runners-up half of that, while the first-round losers will still receive £50,000.
Those who enter the qualifying competition will also benefit from a 26% increase over last year and a 48.1% increase in 2019.
John Isner and Lucas Pouille have publicly indicated they could skip Wimbledon after he was stripped of ranking points for banning the likes of Daniil Medvedev for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Ian Hewitt, President of the All England Club, said: “From the first round of qualifying competition to the crowning of champions, this year’s prize money distribution aims to reflect how important players are to the Championship as we look to continue to deliver one of the world’s premier sporting events.”
Doubles and mixed doubles cash prize funds increased by 9.6 and 17.4% in 2021 and 2019, respectively, while those for wheelchair and ATV events increased by 19.8 and 40.1%.
The return to crowding for the first time in three years and the game scheduled for mid-Sunday for the first time helped make this increase in prize money possible.
Before pulling out due to an injury, Naomi Osaka had said last month, “I would love to go just to get some grass court experience, but at the same time, to me, it’s kind of… the kind of player who gets motivated by seeing my rankings go up, stuff like that.”
Former semi-finalist Isner, who holds a Wimbledon plaque after playing the longest match in tennis history in 2010, said: “Right now, honestly, I’m not that excited about Wimbledon. Maybe I’ll show up on Saturday and maybe play on Monday and see what happens. Because, you know, our currency on tour is points.”
Pouille told L’Equipe that he did not expect to play, erroneously predicting the prize money would be “reduced”.
He added: “I initially decided not to play Wimbledon before saying to myself, ‘No, it’s still a grand slam, you go’, and I signed up for the grass tournaments. But I don’t think I will.”
What is it?
It’s the third grand slam of the year, the Wimbledon championship, which takes place between Monday, June 27 and Sunday, July 10.
When is the championship draw?
The official draw will take place on Friday, June 24 at 10am.
How can I follow the draw?
The draw will not be televised, but you can follow all the main matches on our live blog. Just bookmark this page and return on Friday.
What’s the latest news?
Andy Murray has withdrawn from Queen’s amid speculation that his abdominal injury could seriously derail his Wimbledon campaign.
The injury isn’t considered major with the two-time champion describing the injury as “non-significant” but “complicated”, revealing that despite being back in training with coach Ivan Lendl, he hasn’t been able to practice a few shots, which almost certainly includes the very important draw.
Emma Raducanu is also battling an abdominal injury but, like Murray, is expected to play. The US Open champion will be the 10th seed for this year’s championship, confirmed the All England Club.
Raducanu, who reached the fourth round in SW19 last year in her discovery tournament, advances one spot in her world rankings due to the absence of world number 6 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Wimbledon announced in April that it would ban players from Russia and Belarus due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
British male No 1 Cameron Norrie climbs three places from his rankings to be seeded ninth while Dan Evans will be seeded 29th.
World number 1 Daniil Medvedev and fellow Russian Andrey Rublev are absent from the squad, while world number 2 Alexander Zverev is also out due to injury.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal take the top two men’s places respectively, while world number one Iga Swiatek leads the women’s ahead of Anett Kontaveit and Ons Jabeur.
Who are the current champions?
Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty won the singles tournaments in 2021 – but Barty won’t be returning to defend his crown after unexpectedly retiring from tennis earlier this year.
Who got a wildcard for SW19?
Serena Williams was awarded a wildcard to compete for a record 24th major title at Wimbledon after nearly a year sidelined by injury.
Williams, 40, last played a competitive game on center court at last year’s tournament, when she was forced to retire during the first round with a hamstring problem.
There were fears over whether she was on the verge of retiring from the sport, but it caused quite a stir by announcing her long-awaited return.
She returned to action at Eastbourne International on Tuesday alongside world number 4 Ons Jabeur in the women’s doubles and is expected to make her return to Wimbledon the following week.
male singles wildcards
Zizou Bergs (Bel), Liam Broady (GB), Jay Clarke (GB), Alastair Gray (GB), Paul Jubb (GB), Ryan Peniston (GB), Tim van Rijthoven (Hol), Stan Wawrinka (Swi).
female singles wildcards
Katie Boulter (GB), Jodie Burrage (GB), Sonay Kartal (GB), Yuriko Miyazaki (GB), Daria Saville (Aus), Katie Swan (GB), Serena Williams (USA).
Men’s doubles wildcards
Liam Broady (GB) / Jay Clarke (GB), Julian Cash (GB) / Henry Patten (GB), Alastair Gray (GB) / Ryan Peniiston (GB), Jonny O’Mara (GB) / Ken Skupski (GB), three more pairs to be announced.
Women’s doubles wildcards
Alicia Barnett (GB) / Olivia Nicholls (GB), Jodie Burrage (GB) / Eden Silva (GB), Harriet Dart (GB) / Heather Watson (GB), Sarah Beth Gray (GB) / Yuriko Miyazaki (GB), Sonay Kartal (GB) / Nell Miller (GB), plus two more pairs to be announced.
Mixed doubles wildcards
To be announced on June 29.
Men’s individual wheelchair joker
Tokito Oda (Jpn).
Singles joker in female wheelchair
Momoko Ohtani (Jpn).
Quad Wheelchair Singles Wildcard
Ymanitu Silva (Bra).
Any news for the tournament?
Wimbledon will become a 14-day tournament from this year, with matches scheduled for mid-Sunday, traditionally a day off at the Grand Slam.
The first Sunday of Wimbledon is normally a rest day, in which tournament organizers work to get the courts in shape for the final rounds, resulting in the so-called “Maniac Monday” with the entire men’s and women’s fourth round. songs.
“Starting in 2022, to coincide with the centenary of center court, Midday Sunday will become a permanent part of the tournament schedule, turning the championship into a 14-day event,” said All England Lawn Tennis Club President, Ian Hewitt.
“Thanks to the improved technology and maintenance of grass courts over the last five years… we are comfortable being able to take care of the courts, particularly center court, without a full day of rest.”
Can I still buy tickets?
It is clear. You’ve heard of the Wimbledon queue, right? You can show up at Wimbledon Park and wait patiently for a small number of tickets available for Center Court, Court One or Court Two. You will have to queue around 6am if not earlier for luck.
If you are unable to enter the courts, you can also purchase a day pass which allows access to all ground courts 3 to 18. Prices start at £27. The All England Club will only accept cash on the day.
Which TV channel are the championships on?
You can watch coverage on BBC One and Two throughout the fortnight – and on the red button. You can also follow the daily coverage of Telegraph Sport.
What are the latest odds?
The latest odds for the men’s champion:
Novak Djokovic 10/11
Rafael Nadal 5/1
Matteo Berrettini 6/1
Stefanos Tsitsipas 2/17
Latest odds for women’s champion:
Iga Swiatek 3/1
Simona Halep 09/01
Emma Raducanu 1/10