The four Grand Slam tournaments offer the most prize money of any tennis tournament. But which one offers the most? We take a look.
In tennis, there are four Grand Slam tournaments, also known as the Majors. These are the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. There is also the Davis Cup, which is an annual international team event; and the ATP World Tour Finals, which is a year-end event for the eight leading men’s singles players and doubles teams.
The Four Grand Slams
The four Grand Slam tennis tournaments offer the most prize money of any tennis tournament. They are also the most prestigious events in tennis. The Grand Slam tournaments are the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.
The Australian Open
The Australian Open is one of the four grand slam tournaments played each year. The others are the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. The Australian Open is played on outdoor hard courts and is held at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. The tournament is held over two weeks in late January/early February and is the first grand slam tournament of the year.
The Australian Open was first held in 1905 and was originally known as the Australasian Championships. It became the Australian Championships in 1927 and the Australian Open in 1969. The tournament was played on grass courts until 1987 when it switched to hard courts.
The Australian Open has both men’s and women’s singles and doubles competitions, as well as mixed doubles, junior’s competitions, and wheelchair events. The prize money for the 2019 tournament was a record-breaking $60 million dollars with $4 million dollars going to each of the singles champions.
The French Open
The French Open, also known as Roland-Garros, is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. It is the second of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments (the other three are the Australian Open, the Wimbledon Championships, and the US Open). The first edition was held in 1891. The French Open is played on clay courts and is currently sponsored by Rolex.
prize money for the French Open in 2018 was €2,281,600. This was an increase of €131,600 from the 2017 prize money. The prize money for the 2019 tournament will be €2,300,000.
Wimbledon is the most prestigious and oldest tennis tournament in the world, having been held since 1877. It is also the largest tennis event in terms of prize money, with £38 million ($49.5 million) up for grabs in 2019. The winner of the men’s singles tournament will pocket a cool £2.35 million ($3 million), while the ladies’ singles champion will receive £2.1 million ($2.7 million).
The US Open
The US Open is the final tennis tournament of the year and has the most prize money. It is held in New York City every year at Flushing Meadows. The US Open is played on hard courts and is a major tournament for both men and women. It is the only Grand Slam tournament that is played on hard courts.
The Masters 1000
The Masters 1000 (previously known as the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and ATP Championship Series, Single-Week and before that, the ATP Super 9) is a series of nine tennis tournaments that are held annually around the world. The tournaments are only open to male professional players. They form the most prestigious level of competition below the Grand Slam tournaments. Each Masters 1000 tournament offers a minimum of $1 million in prize money to its winners.
The WTA Tour
The WTA Tour is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, with the highest prize money. The WTA Tour is played all over the world, with tournaments in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. The WTA Tour Finals are held in Singapore each year.
The ATP Tour
The ATP Tour is the global elite men’s professional tennis circuit organised by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for the tennis season. The ATP Tour includes the four Grand Slam tournaments, the ATP Masters 1000, the ATP World Tour 500 series, the ATP World Tour 250 series, the Davis Cup (planned to be scrapped from 2022), and the ATP Finals.
In conclusion, the US Open has the most prize money of any tennis tournament. With a total prize purse of $57 million, it dwarf’s the other grand slam events. The French Open comes in second with $42 million up for grabs, while Wimbledon lags behind in third place with $35.5 million.