Wimbledon 2017 Prize Money: Complete Purse and Earnings from London

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2017

Britain's Andy Murray practices at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 2, 2017, on the eve of the start of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
GLYN KIRK/Getty Images

Not only is Wimbledon one of the most prestigious sporting events on the planet, it's also one of the most lucrative.

In 2017, the winner of the men's and women's singles brackets will pick up £2,200,000 each, as reported by Tom Dutton of the Evening Standard. The overall prize pot for the tournament stands at a whopping £31.6 million.

The overall amount has been increased by £3.5 million since last year's competition. The world's finest tennis players will be keen to take home as much of that prize pot as possible with a deep run in the competition.

Read on for a preview of the tournament, paying specific attention to those players who have a chance of etching their names into the history books.

For a full breakdown of the competition prize money, visit the Wimbledon website.

      

All Eyes on Murray ahead of Curtain Raiser

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11:  Andy Murray of Great Britain revisits centre court as he kisses the trophy at Wimbledon on July 11, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Julian Finney/Getty Images

Top seed, world No. 1 and defending men's champion Andy Murray has become used to the focus that accompanies the home hope at SW19. But he will have never had a buildup to a Wimbledon quite like this before.

Indeed, Murray crashed out of Queen's in Round 1, while a hip injury meant he missed two exhibition matches. Therefore he may be a little rusty when he takes on Alexander Bublik in Round 1 on Monday.

As noted by BBC Sport's Russell Fuller, even on the eve of the tournament, Murray didn't look as though he'd shaken off the problem:

If the two-time champion isn't at his best, there are plenty of class acts ready to capitalise. Indeed, the traditional "big four" make up the top four seeding spots, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all tipped to do well.

The latter of that quartet is arguably the favourite after winning the Australian Open earlier this year and skipping the French Open. Federer is seeking his eighth victory at the All England Club.

Federer is chasing his eighth win at Wimbledon.
Federer is chasing his eighth win at Wimbledon.FLORIAN EISELE/Getty Images

Nadal won his 10th French Open title last month, playing some remarkable tennis in the process. Per the ATP Media Info Twitter account, he can potentially usurp Murray at the top of the world rankings if he makes it to the final:

As we can see, Djokovic can also make it to the summit should things go his way, and he was in decent form to win at Eastbourne recently. However, he's not shown the ruthless consistency that made him such a force for large parts of last season.

Djokovic and Wawrinka will be seeking to add to their Grand Slam haul.
Djokovic and Wawrinka will be seeking to add to their Grand Slam haul.Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Outside of the illustrious quartet, Stan Wawrinka will want to improve on his disappointing Wimbledon record, having never gone beyond the quarter-finals. A win here would also see the Swiss secure a career Grand Slam.

In the women's bracket, top seed Angelique Kerber will be out to kickstart her season into life.

As noted by Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times, the world No. 1 doesn't have an easy opening to the tournament:

There are plenty of other intriguing storylines to follow in the women's draw. Petra Kvitova is back after she was stabbed in the hand in December last year and improved throughout the Aegon Classic, which she won. The Czech, a two-time champion at this venue, is going to be a dangerous opponent.

Kvitova is going to be tough to beat after her excellent return.
Kvitova is going to be tough to beat after her excellent return.FLORIAN EISELE/Getty Images

Having made it to the final of the French Open, Simona Halep will also be in the shakeup for victory, as will third seed Karolina Pliskova, who won Eastbourne in preparation.

Per the WTA Insider Twitter account, the omens are good for her after that win:

Fans will be keen to see Jelena Ostapenko in action after the youngster bludgeoned her way to a shock win at the French Open.

Johanna Konta is seeded sixth and should give British fans plenty of interest. Her brilliant recent form was interrupted by a spine injury, as she suffered a heavy fall in a match against Kerber in preparation. If she's fit, she should go far this year.

Related

    Britain's Swan loses French Open qualifier

    Tennis logo
    Tennis

    Britain's Swan loses French Open qualifier

    BBC Sport
    via BBC Sport

    Quiz: Test your 'love' of tennis in our pre-French Open quiz

    Tennis logo
    Tennis

    Quiz: Test your 'love' of tennis in our pre-French Open quiz

    BBC Sport
    via BBC Sport

    Kyrgios pulls out of French Open with illness

    Tennis logo
    Tennis

    Kyrgios pulls out of French Open with illness

    BBC Sport
    via BBC Sport

    Three Big Questions About the French Open

    Tennis logo
    Tennis

    Three Big Questions About the French Open

    SI.com
    via SI.com