“Wimbledon” The Most Prestigious Grand Slam Tennis Tournament

The Most Prestigious Grand Slam Tennis Tournament

What is The Most Prestigious Grand Slam Tennis Tournament ? There are four grand slam Tennis Tournament—Wimbledon and the French Open, Australian Open and U.S. Open—the former is by far the most prestigious one. Roger Federer, a six-time winner, has said so. So has reigning men’s champion, Novak Djokovic. Martina Navratilova once said she watched the event when she was 7 years old and knew that someday, she would be there. She won the women’s singles event nine times.

Wimbledon is the oldest of the four Grand Slams. It is still played on the sport’s original surface. Players must still wear all-white clothing (though that rule will be temporarily lifted for the tennis events in the 2012 London Olympics, which will be played there.) But here’s a fun barstool question: In what order would you rank the other three Grand Slam events?

It is, for sure, a question that elicits very subjective answers. Even contemporary players have trouble with the question. When I asked a Women’s Tennis Association representative if the organization had ever polled their players on this question, she replied that they hadn’t, and that “their fave is probably the one they win!”

In an attempt at some subjectivity, I came up with a few metrics, based on prize money, media hits, television ratings (for the men’s finals in the U.S., anyway) and even a somewhat dated survey of players’ preferences. Here’s what I found:

Prize money (in U.S. dollars, for both men and women):

  • Australian Open: $2.4 million
  • Wimbledon: $1.8m million
  • U.S. Open: $1.8 million
  • French Open: $1.64 million

Television ratings:

  • French Open (tie)
  • U.S. Open (tie)
  • Wimbledon
  • Australian Open

The French Open (currently underway) is shown on the Tennis Channel, ESPN and NBC. The men’s final garnered a 2.6 Nielsen rating last year. The U.S. Open, shown by ESPN, the Tennis Channel and CBS CBS +0.73%, got the same. Wimbledon will be shown entirely on ESPN in 2012, got a 2.1 for last year’s men’s final or check out how to watch Wimbledon 2018 live stream online. The Australian Open, also on ESPN, is live when most Americans are asleep, which helps account for its .6 Nielsen rating.

There’s one last element to throw into the mix: the players’ preferences. Though both the WTA and the ATP (the men’s tennis entity) did not have player surveys at hand, there was a survey done back in the late 1990s by the French magazine, Tennis. That survey asked 108 top players to rank the four Slams in order of prestige. The ranking went as follows:

  • Wimbledon
  • French Open
  • U.S. Open
  • Australian Open

Given these metrics, the final rankings, in terms of prestige, would look like this:

  1. Wimbledon
  2. U.S. Open
  3. French Open
  4. Australian Open

Upcoming Schedule for the four grand slam Tennis Tournament:

  • Wimbledon: The Wimbledon 2018 will be taking place from 2 July 2018 to 15 July 2018.
  • U.S. Open: The US Open 2018 will be taking place from Aug 27, 2018 – Sep 9, 2018.
  • French Open: The French Open 2018 will be taking place from 27 May – 10 June, 2018.
  • Australian Open: The Australian Open 2019 will be taking place from Monday, January 14 – Sunday, January 27, 2019.

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