Wimbledon prize money 2016: How much can tennis players win at the All England Club?

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Novak Djokovic has won over £7m at Wimbledon (Source: Getty)

A record prize of £2m is on offer to the winners of the men's and women's singles at Wimbledon this year.

The grand slam tournament has increased its overall prize pool by five per cent to £28.1m this year, meaning even first-round losers in the singles competitions will receive a cool £30,000.

Runners-up will earn £1m, losing semi-finalists £500,000 and quarter-finalists a £250,000.

Last year's champions, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, both took home £1.88m for their victory — not too shabby for a fortnight's work.

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The richest prize in the tennis world?

Wimbledon's most generous pay cheque yet means its winner will earn roughly £200,000 more than Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza were paid for winning the French Open in May, and the same sum Djokovic and Angelique Kerber pocketed from this year's Australian Open.

Yet it is the US Open which narrowly takes the mantle as the richest grand slam in tennis, paying last year's US Open winners — Djokovic and Flavia Pennetta — the equivalent of £2.1m each.

A continuos climb

In six years, the winners' paycheque has doubled while a decade ago Roger Federer made just £655,000 from his fourth successive Wimbledon title.

In the 1970s, male champions were paid nearly double what their women counterparts earned and although the disparity was narrowed throughout the 80s and 90s, it wasn't until 2007 that both men and women were paid equally.

Wimbledon's biggest beneficiaries

Having won the joint-highest number of men's singles Wimbledon titles, Federer is unsurprisingly also the highest earner in the competition's history.

The Swiss has pocketed around £10m in prize money from the All England Club throughout his career.

Djokovic, who has won three titles — including consecutive victories in the last two years — is not far behind having earned £7.7m from Wimbledon.

The world No1 surpassed Federer as the highest-earning tennis player in history earlier this year and became the first to cross the $100m in career earnings.

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