It is nearly time for Wimbledon – but first those on the WTA and ATP Tours will play at Eastbourne, so what is the total prize money and purse available for the field?
Generally considered a warm-up event for Wimbledon, which gets underway next week, Eastbourne is an important event on the calendar for players.
Along with the Queen’s Club event, players can use the two tournaments to get into shape ahead of the third grand slam of the year and iron out any weaknesses as they head to SW19 and hope to make it to Center Court.
It hasn’t always been the case that both the Men and Women’s events take place at Eastbourne, but for 2022 they will be.
So what is the prize money and total purse available for the field at the 2022 Eastbourne Tennis championship?
Prize money and purse breakdown for Eastbourne Tennis 2022
As Eastbourne is not a grand s tournament, it’s purse and prize money breakdown is far less than Wimbledon will be offering those who take part.
The best way to think about it is that if Wimbledon is a UEFA Champions League match, then Eastbourne is a more routine home game in the Premier League.
As such the total purse available for the Men’s tournament will be £599,002.13 ($736,511.88 USD) at current exchange rates.
For the Women’s event, the purse at Eastbourne is £651,059.18 GBP or $800,236.37 USD.
The combined purses for the Eastbourne Tennis tournament in 2022 is £1.250,061.31 million. That’s $1,536,487.86 million USD.
The Men’s winner will pocket about £91k GBP ($111k USD), with the Women’s champion set for a check of about £95k or $116k USD.
After the event was canceled in 2020, and with a reduced prize money pot and total purse in 2021, the figures on offer have bounced back to somewhat normal levels of pre-pandemic.
Who has most wins?
The Women’s event at Eastbourne has been going largely since 1974 when Chris Evert beat Virginia Wade.
Martina Navratilova has secured a record 11 wins at Eastbourne between 1978 and 1993.
Indeed, between her second title in 1982 and 11th in 1993, only Helena Sukova (1987) and Lori McNeil (1992) won, Sukova defeating Navratilova in the final.
For good measure, Navratilova also won six doubles titles between 1981 and 1986 alongside Pam Shriver.
As for the Men, they first played in 2009, with Dmitry Tursunov winning, with a hiatus in 2015-16.
The likes of Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic have claimed success, with Feliciano Lopez’s two titles in 2013 and 2014 making him the most successful singles male player.
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