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Wimbledon Prize Money Drops 7.85% From 2019

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ustralian tennis star, Ash Barty, claimed the Wimbledon Grand Slam title over the weekend, and has seen her total career prize money reach over $26 million following the win.

The Wimbledon 2021 prize money for both men and women equals over $65 million, with both men and women provided equal reward for their achievements at the event.

For claiming the title, Barty, along with men’s singles champion, Novak Djokovic, secured $3.15 million in prize money alone for outlasting all others.

Ash Barty tennis

Ash Barty tennis

This prize is considerably lower than previous editions due to the financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the cancellation of Wimbledon in 2020, with the total prize money dropping 7.85% from the 2019 edition.

Due to the increased spread of prize money among Grand Slam participants due to COVID-19, the total prize money for the winners of the event has considerably dropped from the 2019 edition, by 27.6%.

Compared to the Australian Open, the prize money on offer for Wimbledon 2021 is significantly lower, with the total prize money on offer for the 2021 Australian Open Grand Slam almost reaching $83 million.

Outside of prize money, Forbes, in 2020, named Barty the third-highest paid female athlete in the world, with her endorsement list including brands such as Head, Fila, Rado, Jaguar, Kayo Sports, Vegemite, Banana Boat, and Esmi.

The Forbes report also suggest Barty had earned over $4 million from endorsements alone, ranking behind only tennis stars Naomi Osaka ($50 million total earnings) and Serena Williams ($48 million total earnings) for the highest paid female athletes at the time of the report.