The war in Ukraine prompted the British government to send out a harsh message and force members of the All England Club of Wimbledon to ban Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the third Grand Slam of the year.
The Association of Tennis Professionals and the Women’s Tennis Association (ATP and WTA) disliked the tough move and went further. In fact, Wimbledon will not award points to competing athletes and the ranking will not be frozen.
It is easy to understand that several tennis players, including Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini, will not have the opportunity to defend everything they had achieved on the court in terms of rankings and they will be heavily penalized for faults that are not their own.
Wimbledon 2022: a prize money record
To ward off the threats of the players, who in recent weeks have opened up the possibility of skipping the prestigious tournament, Wimbledon could only respond to the ATP and the WTA with a move that is as strategic as it is inevitable.
The prize pool will break through the 40 million pounds ceiling for the first time (£ 40,350,000, ed) and will benefit from a growth of 5.4% compared to 2019 and 11.1% compared to 2021. In 2020 the event Londoner did not contest due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The greatest increase will be recorded in the cash prizes distributed to the players who will populate the qualifying tournaments; in this case, the impact of the monetary upgrade will mark a surprising 48.1% alongside the value.
The increase in prize money which will benefit the winners (17.6%), the finalists (16.7%) and the semifinalists (15.1%) is also significant. The Wimbledon trophy will be worth two million pounds; while those who lose in the final will earn just over half (1,050,000) compared to their rivals.
Meanwhile, the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach has also criticized the British government. “How can we ensure fair international competition if governments decide on the basis of their own political interests who can and who can’t participate? Look at what’s happening in tennis. At Roland Garros, the players participated as neutral athletes. But at Wimbledon the government said no, there is no room for them. If we allow all this, then we are lost. “