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TENNIS: Wimbledon prize money increased

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2015 | 4:55 PM
All England Lawn Tennis Club Chairman Philip Brook (left) speaks during a press conference with chief executive Richard Lewis in Wimbledon, London today, ahead of the All England Lawn Tennis Championships. The All England Club announced Tuesday that prize money for this year's grass-court Grand Slam will increase by 7 per cent to reach a total of 26.75 million pounds ($40.60 million).

The 2015 Wimbledon singles champions will win ₤1.8 million, an increase of ₤120,000 over last year.

The overall prize fund at the All England Club will rise from ₤25 million to ₤26.75 million, a seven per cent increase year on year.

Wimbledon's total prize money increase to ₤26.75 million is 83 per cent higher than in 2011, and maintains the competition's status as the highest-paying in tennis.

Meanwhile, courts 14 and 15 will come back into use after being re-laid following development works, bringing the total ground capacity at SW19 to 39,000, compared to 38,000 in 2014.

And use of Hawk-Eye has been extended to courts 12 and 18.

That means the technology will be in action on six courts across the championships, which run from June 29 to July 12.