LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 16: Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) [1] with the trophy after his match against Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2] in their Gentlemen’s Singles Final during day fourteen of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 16, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)
Tennis fans were treated to perhaps one of the best games in years last night when Spanish player Carlos Alcaraz defeated legend Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon three games to two.

This marks the second grand slam tournament for the 20-year-old player after a sensational performance at least year’s US Open.

But even more sensational is the pay packet that these tennis greats get to take home.

For last night’s effort, Alcaraz not only has the bragging rights of taking out one of the world’s greatest tennis players of all time but he’s also going home AU$4.5 million (£2.35million) richer. This sum has risen some 17.5 per cent since Wimbledon came back to the courts after Covid in 2021, where the prize money was AU$3.83 million (£2 million).

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 16: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts in the Men’s Single final match against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain during day fourteen of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images)

Djokovic isn’t going home empty handed either. For his place as runner up to the Cup, the 36-year-old Serbian will walk away with a neat AU$2.25 million (£1.175m). Which, to be brutal, is peanuts in comparison to his total career winnings competing on English soil.

Over the span of his career competing at the storied event, Djokovic has won a total of AU$248.966 million in prize money (USD$169.7 million). Even after his loss to Alcaraz, Djokovic is now officially the first tennis player to exceed the £130 million (US $170 million) mark.

Andy Murray reacts during his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas (not pictured) on day five of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon. Picture date: Friday July 7, 2023. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)

Second to Djokovic is Andy Murray, who has pocketed just under £50 million (or USD$63,768,403 precisely).

Third, and also the top earning woman currently competing at Wimbledon, is Venus Williams, who has netted over AUD $61 million (USD $42.4 million) in the course of her career.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: Venus Williams (USA) during her match against Elina Svitolina (UKR) in their Ladies’ Singles First Round match during day one of The Championships Wimbledon 2023 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2023 in London, England.

(Although the highest paid woman of all time is her sister, Serena Williams, who at the time of her retirement last year had won a total of AUD $139 million or just over US $95 million in prize money.)

And while there’s plenty of money to be made in other tournaments – the US Open is touted as the highest pay out – there’s still a sense of prestige that comes along with a Wimbledon. Maybe it has something to do with the crowd that attends, attracting everyone from Hollywood royalty to actual blue blood royals.