Wimbledon Unveils Prize Money Increase
Published April 23, 2013 01:03
LONDON, England - The All-England Club announced a 40% increase in prize money for the 2013 Wimbledon Championships on Tuesday.
The tournament's total prize money now stands at £22.6 million - the largest prize pool in the history of tennis and a £6.5 million rise on the winnings from the 2012 championships.
The winners of the men's and ladies' singles titles will each receive £1.6 million ($2.4 million) this year, a significant increase on the £1.15 million ($1.75 million) taken home by the 2012 champions, Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
However, the bulk of increase will be enjoyed by those falling earlier in the fortnight; prize money will go up 60% for singles players losing in the first three rounds, while the purse for qualifying is to rise by 41%. Doubles players will receive a 22% increase.
"I would like to thank all those whose contribution to Wimbledon's success both on and off court has today enabled us to announce these significant levels of investment in The Championships," All-England Club Chairman Philip Brook said.
"For the players, it is a deep appreciation of the demanding nature of professional tennis and the top-quality entertainment they bring, while for The Championships it is about giving all our visitors the finest stage on which to enjoy Wimbledon," he added.
The club also confirmed its intention to continue with the recent renovation of the grounds by building a retractable roof on No.1 Court in time for the start of the 2019 tournament. Over the past five years the tournament has undergone a significant overhaul, with a roof added to Centre Court in 2009 and the construction of a new Court No.2 and Court No.3.