Now Wimbledon is going on for over a week, I wonder why some players enter mutliple events on the same Grand Slam, e.g. the Williams sisters that in the past participated in the Women's Singles and Doubles. There are plenty of players that start in the Single or (midex) Double.

My question is why do tennis-players do this?

I can imagine that playing in multiple events is exhausting if you survive a few rounds, and playing in the doubles does negatively affect once performance in the singles. On the other hand they might earn more money, or don't expect to get far in either of the events, but that does not hold for the Williams sisters.

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First reason is Money as you stated.

Wining double on Wimbledon worth 260,000£ per pair meaning 130,000£ for each player.
Winning Mixed double worth 92,000£ per pair meaning 46,000£ for each player.

Second, a big tournament has it's glory.
Winning a Grand Slam or an Olympic looks very well on your resume, No matter if it is not singles..

Last reason, It's FUN, some tennis players love to play tennis! a.k. Andy Ram
also Williams sister love to play with each other and this is their chance.
It's a way to meet and make friends

Double/ Mixed double require smaller effort then single.

As an example Roger Federer, one of the greatest, played doubles in only 4 grand slams (The last one was on 2003!).
But on 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing Federer played and won the gold medal

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So, to conclude: Money, Glory & Fun.


  • But the top 10 man do not participate, because they have enough money and glory?
    – Bernhard
    Jul 1, 2012 at 17:50
  • @Bernhard off course..
    – Dor Cohen
    Jul 1, 2012 at 18:03
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    I can guess that some top ten will play doubles at Olympic to win Gold medal
    – Dor Cohen
    Jul 1, 2012 at 18:04
  • Sometimes even the top 10 players play doubles, often just before a Davis Cup tie to get some practice.
    – Philipp
    Apr 20, 2016 at 8:55

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