image

Should male and female Wimbledon tennis winners get the same amount of prize money?

One of the oldest grand slam’s in the world, Wimbledon Championship has been played professional since 1968 and it has recorded prize money history.

Back in 1986 the total prize money pool for wimbledon championship was as little as £26,150 where the winners of singles mens and women event took home £2,000 each while runners up got a mere £800 for singles event. Since than total prize money pool has been increasing ever year and in 1984 it hit the million mark for the first time when a total of 1,46 million awarded in prize money.

The Wimbledon Championships changed their ruling in 2007, and offered women and men equal prize money for the first time. The All England Club had previously defended the difference by saying that women had best-of-three-set matches while the men had best-of-five contests.

At the time John McEnroe said “There’s probably no other sport, and very few professions in this world, where a woman can earn as much as a man.”

Wimbledon authorities have increased the 2017 Wimbledon Prize Money to £31.6 million, an £3.5m increase compared to last year’s £28.1m. This is the 6th year in a row that Wimbledon has increase the prize money and the trend is set to continue to make sure Wimbledon stays the most lucrative tennis grand slam in the world. Both women and mens singles winners will pocket £2.2 million each

The prize money for men and women has remained equal, even though men potentially play five sets and women only three sets as a maximum.

So the question is … if women are playing less sets than men and on court for a shorter amount of time, should they get the same amount of prize money? What are your views?

Should male and female Wimbledon tennis winners get the same amount of prize money?

283 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes - they should be paid equally No - men should get more

What are your views?

We'd love to hear your comments

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password
shrew1742
18th Oct 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
I have been to Wimbledon several times. Had a Centre Court ticket for a Ladies Singles semi-final recently, but after about four games I walked out. Just couldn't put up with all the 'grunting', so i went and watched some doubles matches on the outside courts. Let's face it, one should be paid on 'performance'...... and I am sorry to say that in tennis today Men's, and any form of Doubles, is far more entertaining and exciting than Women's singles. Having said that, in the past there were lots of 'good' games between Navratilova, Evert, BJ King & Stephie Graf. Long live 'King' Roger.
1BA
28th Aug 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
The ladies only play three sets, if they played 5 sets then maybe. I must say though I think they are aid enough for playing bat and ball.
scouseroo
4th Aug 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
If Women played 5 sets then yes they should get equal prize money
quietlady
22nd Jul 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
I think the women should play 5 sets for the same money in the Opens. Sometimes the match is over before the players and combated their nerves
Speeednet
17th Jul 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
When they start p-laying the best of 5 sets
alisont61
13th Jul 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
Equal pay for equal sets. Or 3/5ths if the continue to play the 3 sets.
Helen Highwater
11th Jul 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
Equality seems to mean different things to different groups. Equal pay? Then play five sets. Simples!
jugsy
11th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
They should come not be paid the same if they do the same. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
jugsy
11th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
They should be paid the same if they do the same. Posting this again as developed a gremlin in original.
bebmeister
11th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
As much as I would like women to get the same prize money as men they should play 5 sets
BarneyB
9th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Equal rights yes , equal pay , yes but it should be based on their results , so they should all play in the same contest . If it is to be equal let the men and women play in the same tournament against each other and then we can see who is the best and pay them accordingly.
sparrer
8th Jul 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
I agree with those who said women should also play 5 sets. In this age of equality there should be no reason for women to have preferential treatment. I'm a woman, definitely not a feminist, just definitely a strong supporter of equality.
happy nana
8th Jul 2017
2
Thanks for voting!
I f the ladies are prepared to play 5 sets the same as men ok or why not reduce the men's game to best of 3 like the women. Some ladies matches are over within an hour and some men's go on for hours!!
Jimrob60
7th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Maybe there should be totally seperate Wimbledon competitions for men and women. Women's prize money can then be allocated based on the money generated solely by the women's competition. This would avoid the current situation where the men are subsiding the women.

I would add that both lots are vastly overpaid but that is another issue!
grannyhubbard
7th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
But only if they play the same number of sets
issy1234
7th Jul 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
MY COMMENT IS THE SAME AS THE OTHERS. IF THE MEN PLAY MORE THEY DESERVE MORE.
SandraN56
7th Jul 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
The men play more sets it's that simple.
VenaB
7th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
If the women play 4 sets yes they should be paid the same but if it continues as it is now no.
VenaB
7th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Sorry meant 5 sets !
Tricia Hildyard
7th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Women do not play the same number of games as the men so should not get the same winnings
1kevfp
7th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
This is inequality - towards men five sets each should be the standard
Treehugger1
6th Jul 2017
2
Thanks for voting!
I don't know why women only play 3 sets, we are as fit, if not fitter in some cases, than men these days so i'd be interested to know how many of them would be prepared to play 5.
BrendaG5
6th Jul 2017
2
Thanks for voting!
If the women played the best of 5 sets then yes but they don't. So they can't expect to be paid the same.
NorfolkBroad
6th Jul 2017
2
Thanks for voting!
The difference in the pay scales was decided when the men played five sets to decide on a winner and the women only had to play three sets. If equal pay is on the agenda then so should equal play be also. Either both genders play 3 sets or both genders play 5 sets; but if the unequal status of play continues then so should the unequal status of pay.
shortyshah
6th Jul 2017
2
Thanks for voting!
I meant equal only if women play 5sets too
shortyshah
6th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Equal only if women play users too.
PeterG7
6th Jul 2017
2
Thanks for voting!
When they make the women play five sets, then they should pay them the same.
Also they should introduce a ruling stating that any player who goes onto court especially in the first round and retire, the prize money should be reduced by half. They have deprived someone else from playing and entertaining the supporters who pay a fortune to watch them.
Judianne
6th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Maybe it should be so much per set for both sexes ..
ChristineN6
6th Jul 2017
2
Thanks for voting!
If they play an equal number of sets then they should be paid the same, if they play less sets then they should be paid less. And I know that sometimes men get through in 3 sets but they would be expected to play 5 if necessary.
Blandamer
6th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
When they start playing 5 sets, when necessary,
Wendy Edwards
6th Jul 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
Women don't necessarily play less sets. A women's match yesterday was 3 sets and over 3 hours of high quality tennis. Several men's matches were also 3 sets and half the time.
AnneF72
6th Jul 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
Women should be paid the same amount of prize money if they play 5 sets.
ArchieUK
6th Jul 2017
3
Thanks for voting!
I would like to ask the question,----- Should we do away with sexual discrimination all together, put ALL the names into one hat and may the best person win.
JohnHerb
5th Jul 2017
-2
Thanks for voting!
Its an equal society so even though they do a few less games think they should still be paid the same. Its a good thing
linj
5th Jul 2017
2
Thanks for voting!
Have voted yes to equal pay for women at Wimbledon with the proviso that they play same amount of sets. I have also heard that if the temperature goes above 31 women will get a 10min break between set 2 & 3, this should also apply to the men. Going now,watching Murray v Brown.
Pam1960
5th Jul 2017
3
Thanks for voting!
To get equal pay/winnings the job/sport has to be equal. Until women play best of 5 in grand slams then I think men should win more. In ATP & WTA best of 3 set matches there is probably more call for equal winnings. Another issue to take into account is attendance and viewing figures for mens and womens matches. Overall more people watch mens matches
JeremyE
5th Jul 2017
4
Thanks for voting!
I agree on men and women being paid the same to do the same job - but they don't in this case, Women only play best of 3 whereas the men is best of 5. The men's games last longer so they should be paid more. Either up the women to 5 sets or pay them less!
Jo Kingham
5th Jul 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
Yes I think they should be paid the same. Women train just as hard and are as dedicated to their cause. They may not be as physically strong but you often get more and longer rallies in the women's game. This makes their matches far more entertaining to watch than the serve and volley of the men's games.

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!