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).
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.
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.
(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.