Earlier this week, Wimbledon announced a hefty increase in prize money. The total purse at this year’s edition of The Championships will be $40.8 million – a 12.5 percent increase over last year (and double what was paid a mere six years ago). The 2017 men’s and women’s singles champions will each receive $2.8 million.
Now, picture this. Each winner has given proper thanks – to the runner-up, to all who bring the tournament to life, to family, friends and others. And then, imagine:
“Wimbledon is the title every tennis player dreams of winning. But I didn’t reach this point on my own. Tennis may be an individual sport, but we play this game in a community. And so, with that communal spirit in mind, I am donating my entire winner’s check to a local tennis organization in my native land.”
To have this happen at Wimbledon would be amazing. Think of what could be accomplished. Think also of the potential ripple effect – perhaps throughout tennis, perhaps throughout other sports.
We’ll settle for ten percent.