The subject of prize money at Wimbledon in 2012 has become a hot topic after French player Gilles Simon has said that the men should be paid more than the women at Wimbledon for singles play. Simon contends that the men stay on the court and play longer than the women do in singles play, and deserve more compensation.
Since 2007, Wimbledon has awarded the same prize money in singles play to the men and women players. Prior to 2007, the men did receive more prize money than the women. As a longtime tennis fan, I do believe in the equal prize money being awarded to men and women players.
While the men do play best of five set matches vs just best of three set matches for the women at Wimbledon, one also has to factor in how much the women add to the overall value of tennis. In my opinion, Maria Sharapova does far more around the world to make tennis popular than Novak Djokovic does.
Prize Money at 2012 Wimbledon for Men's and Women's Singles Players
First Round - $22,519
Just playing in the first round at Wimbledon in 2012 is worth $22,519 for each player.
Second Round - $35,913
Making it to the second round is worth $35,913, so players earn $13,394 for winning in the first round.
Third Round - $60,373
Making it to the third round is worth $60,373, so players earn $24,460 for a second round win.
Fourth Round - $116,475
Making it the fourth round is worth $116,475, so players earn $56,102 more for a third round win.
Quarter Finalists - $225,185
Making it to the quarter finals is worth $225,185, so a fourth round win is worth an extra $108,710.
Semifinalists - $446,488
Semifinalists earn $446,488 each, so a quarter final win is worth $221,263.
Runner-ups - $892,975
The two runner-ups at Wimbledon in 2012 will each earn $892,975. So advancing to the finals is worth an additional $446,527. Just about double what the semifinalists take home.
Winners - $1,785,950
The men's and women's singles winners at Wimbledon in 2012 will each take home $1,785,950 in prize money. That is exactly double what the runner-ups take home. Of course, winning Wimbledon opens all kinds of endorsement opportunities for tennis players, so a win at Wimbledon is really almost priceless for professional tennis players.
Joe Dorish has been playing and watching tennis since he was a kid in the 1970s. He's watched every men's and women's singles final at Wimbledon since that time.