London: Wimbledon announced a 9.5 per cent increase in singles prize money for this year’s championships on Tuesday.
The men’s champion will now receive £575,000, an increase of £50,000 over what Lleyton Hewitt received in 2002, and the women’s winner will take away £535,000. Serena Williams earned £486,000 for her win over sister Venus last year.
Prize money in the other events is the same as last year. In total the purse will be £9.37 million.
Tournament chairman Tim Phillips said: “Leading athletes in top spectator sports such as tennis are rightly well rewarded for their outstanding talent and the entertainment they bring us.”
First round losers in the men’s singles will make £8,630, £750 more than last year. Women’s singles first round losers will earn £6,900, an increase of £600.
Phillips also said that the queue of people camping out had grown to 9,000 — an increase of 6,000 on other days — and needed to be reduced for safety reasons.
Now, there will only be 500 tickets on sale for the Centre Court on that Saturday instead of the 2,000 available last year. The remaining 1,500 tickets will be redistributed to the public in a ballot beforehand and to accredited clubs. (Reuters)