When is Wimbledon 2021 and what is the prize pool?
Summer is here and Wimbledon is just around the corner. Winning there is still considered one of the ultimate prizes in the tennis world. The winners of both men’s and women’s tournaments receive a large salary for their efforts. But how much will they receive exactly? Let’s take a look at Wimbledon 2021, the prize pool and who tennis fans can expect to win.
Wimbledon 2021 started at the end of June
A tradition of early summer, Wimbledon began on June 28 of this year. According to Yahoo Sports Australia, there is some controversy surrounding this year’s event. Tournament organizers had to cancel last year’s event due to the coronavirus, but the classic tennis tournament returned this year despite concerns from many.
Wimbledon 2021 will operate at 50% capacity to begin with, with 100% capacity allowed by the finals of both tournaments. This was after the government relaxed restrictions on large crowds and gatherings. Many people were elated, but others criticized the move because not all social distancing restrictions were lifted as well.
Wimbledon has been a tough ticket to buy this year. The event was sold out, but the Stubhub a single fourth-round ticket costs 885 pounds, or about $ 1,224.
What is the prize pool for Wimbledon 2021?
According to Essentially Sporty, the total prize pool will be 35 million pounds, with 1.7 million pounds for both winners. Both of those numbers are down from 2019 totals. In 2019, the prize pool was £ 38million while the male and female winners both received £ 2.35million for their efforts.
Male and female winners have been paid equal pay since 2008. This leads to the question: who is most likely to win the top prizes from each side?
There are some big contenders to win Wimbledon 2021
While this is truly anyone’s domain, a few contenders are on both the male and female side. Winning Wimbledon immediately lands whoever makes it in the history books, but there’s a good mix of familiar contestants and new faces at the top of the contenders list.
Eurosport compiled an overview of the event, including some of the top contenders. On the women’s side, Ashleigh Barty looks like a solid bet to win. The 25-year-old is currently the No. 1 player in the world. She hasn’t gone past the fourth lap in any of her previous tries. But there is no reason that this is not the year that she breaks through.
Johanna Konta is the best British player in the world, so it would be fitting that she wins the best tournament in her country. She has had a tough year with injuries, but has come a long way in the tournament in the past. In 2017, she reached the semi-finals, while 2019 saw her reach the quarter-finals. She has been knocking on doors in recent years. But it won’t be her year as Konta is out of Wimbledon 2021 because she has come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, reports ESPN.
On the men’s side, it should come as no surprise that Roger Federer is one of the top contenders. He hopes to win his 21st Grand Slam victory. A dark horse on the men’s side could be Briton Andy Murray. Facing the twilight of his career after injury issues in recent years, this may be his last Grand Slam tournament. It would be quite a Cinderella story for Murray to win on his last attempt.
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