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Wimbledon 2013 Prize Money: Complete Purse and Earnings from All England Club

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the championship trophy after winning his final round Gentlemen's match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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It's no secret that it pays to be a Wimbledon champion, but it may surprise you just how much.

The prize money has increased by roughly 40 percent this year at the All England Club. That increase as well as the 2013 purse are the biggest in the history of professional tennis, according to Wimbledon officials via Christopher Clarey of The New York Times

The biggest difference in prize money will be seen with the early-round losers, who will make nearly twice as much this summer than they would have a year ago.

Below we'll take a closer look at the prize money players will be receiving at the All England Club in 2013.

All information courtesy of Wimbledon.com. U.S. conversions are rounded to the nearest whole dollar.

Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles Prize Money for 2013

Round Per Player  Per Round    % Increase from 2012  
£ (Pound)
$ (U.S.) £ (Pound)
$ (U.S.)
Winner 1,600,000  2,437,600 1,600,000 2,437,600 39%
Finalist 800,000 1,218,800 800,000 1,218,800 39%
Semi-finalist 400,000 609,400 800,000 1,218,000 39%
Quarter-finalist 205,000 312,318 820,000 1,249,270 41%
Last Sixteen 105,000 159,968 840,000 1,279,740 40%
Third Round 63,000 95,981 1,008,000 1,535,688 62%
Second Round 38,000 57,893 1,216,000 1,852,576 64%
First Round 23,500 35,802 1,504,000 2,291,344 62%
Total Per Event   8,588,000
13,083,818 49%
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2013 Wimbledon Earnings

Although all four of tennis' Grand Slam events have increased their prize money this year, no major has been quite as generous as Wimbledon.

Overall prize money for both the men's and women's singles draw has been boosted by £6.5 million, according to Clarey, making the raise the largest in the history of professional tennis.

In 2012, men's champion Roger Federer and women's champion Serena Williams each earned £1,150,000—roughly $1,752,025. In 2013, each of the two singles champions will head home with an extra £1,600,000 in their pocket—nearly $2.5 million.

No, that's not a misprint.

But the goal for increasing the purse in 2013 is not to help the rich get richer. The goal is to assist the lower-ranked players and therefore improve the sport. By paying early-round losers more, those players are more likely to earn a living as professional tennis players.

To put the purse increase in perspective, consider this: Rafael Nadal, who was upset in the first round this year, will claim more prize money this summer (£23,500) than he did last year as a second-round loser (£23,125). 

Meanwhile, Roger Federer, who was knocked off in Round 2 last week, will receive nearly as much as a third-round loser from 2012.

Wimbledon Predictions

Women

The most famous fortnight is heading into its second week, which means it's time to reassess the field and make some championship predictions.

We'll start on the women's side, where defending champion and overall top seed Serena Williams was surprisingly knocked out in the round of 16 on Monday by Sabine Lisicki. The shocking result means that world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska is now the highest seed still alive in the women's draw.

A 2012 Wimbledon finalist who came within a set of winning the championship here a year ago, Radwanska is mobile enough and has the superior anticipation to beat anyone on the London grass. Therefore, look for the 24-year-old Pole to take advantage of a slew of upsets and finally break through at a Slam this summer.

Women's Champion: Agnieszka Radwanska

Men

No one could have predicted that both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal would be sitting at home by the start of the second week, let alone by Day 4.

But with both former champions out of the draw, the title will likely come down to a Sunday showdown between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. The two 26-year-old stars have played each other in the final of two of the past three Grand Slams dating back to the 2012 U.S. Open.

In this potential matchup, the edge goes to Djokovic, the only former Wimbledon champion remaining in the men's draw. Not only is he hungry for a second crown at the All England Club, but he's likely still fuming following a gut-wrenching semifinal loss at the French Open.

Men's Champion: Novak Djokovic

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