On the 10th anniversary of equal prize money at Wimbledon, AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis praises the "fantastic value" offered by male and female players at the Championships.
Carrie Dunn

LONDON, Great Britain - 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Wimbledon awarding equal prize money to its male and female competitors - and organizers are proud that the tournament does so.

Speaking as the gates opened for the first day's play in SW19, Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, said: "It's absolutely the right thing. Men's and women's tennis together in one venue is fantastic - I think it's one of the great strengths of the Grand Slams.

"They both bring fantastic value to the Championships and therefore it's only appropriate and right that it's equal prize money. We're really happy to be able to do that."

Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All-England Lawn Tennis Club (Getty)
Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All-England Lawn Tennis Club (Getty)

Wimbledon's opening day schedule for the first two show courts backs him up, with three matches for the men and three for the women.

"It's the same policy as we've always had - it's the marquee matches," said Lewis. "Today sums it up. The marquee matches are the marquee matches, and that's three men's singles and three ladies' singles."

Wimbledon first introduced equal prize money for men and women, for all rounds in all events, in 2007 - the year Venus Williams beat Marion Bartoli in the final.