Wimbledon. The oldest Grand Slam in the history of the game is also the most coveted. Last year, more than 493,000 attended Wimbledon while nearly 70 million people watched it digitally. Those figures are expected to go up this year. Here’s a few other important numbers about this world-famous event.
The first edition of the tournament was held at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon London in 1877, which is 140 years ago. This featured 22 male players. According to newspaper reports, the winner took home £12 and 12 shillings along with a silver cup worth £26 and 5 shillings. Women became a part of the tournament in 1884.
The oldest Grand Slam is not necessarily the most lucrative one. This year, the Wimbledon tournament increased its total prize pool to £31.6 million (close to $41 million), a 12.5 percent increase over last year. However, the U.S. Open has the largest prize pool at an impressive $46.3 million for 2016, and is expected to exceed $50 million for this year when held at the end of the summer.