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Wimbledon Increases Prize Money

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Wimbledon Trophy© Getty ImagesThis year's Wimbledon champion will receive record £1.1million.

The Wimbledon singles champions will each receive a record £1.1million at the 2011 Championships. The All England Club have increased the winners' pot by £100,000 on last year, with the total prize fund up by 6.4% to £14.6million.

Philip Brook, chairman of the All England Club and the The Championships, said: "Leading international sports events such as Wimbledon are all about the quality of the players on show. In the competitive world of top-level sport, it is important we offer prize money which suitably rewards the players for the box-office appeal they bring to the event and for their supreme performances on court."

Wimbledon will unveil the new number three and number four courts this year, which will increase the overall capacity by 1,000 to 38,500.

Court Three, which will have capacity for 2,000 spectators, will become the fourth court on the complex to be equipped with Hawkeye technology.

To celebrate the 125th championships, Wimbledon have arranged for the Antiques Roadshow to record an episode at the All England Club in August.

Blue Peter will also record a special to be broadcast on the second Monday of the championships, and the All England Club have commissioned four 30-minute documentaries charting the history of Wimbledon.

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