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Wimbledon Announces 40 Per Cent Prize Money Increase For 2013 Championships

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Prize Money© Getty ImagesThe All England Club at Wimbledon is the venue for The Championships.

The All England Club announced on Tuesday the largest purse in tennis history for The Championships 2013.

Players at Wimbledon 2013 will receive a total of £22.6 million, an increase of £6.5m (40 per cent). Players losing in the first three rounds will see a 60 per cent increase in prize money on 2012, which marks a 90 per cent increase over a two-year period. 

There is also a 41 per cent increase in prize money for qualifying, bringing the two-year increase for this group to 71 per cent. Doubles players have been rewarded with a 22 per cent increase, while the singles champion will receive £1.6m, a £450,000 (39 per cent) increase from £1.15m.

Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said, “The latest prize money increases announced by Wimbledon complete a successful set of discussions for the ATP with all four Grand Slams regarding player compensation. I’d like to thank Philip Brook and Richard Lewis from the All England Club for their positive and constructive attitude towards prize money discussion with the ATP over the past 15 months.

“The Slams are important events that generate significant revenues, and the ATP has strongly advocated that all players who perform there should share in a more acceptable percentage of those revenues -- like they do on the ATP World Tour. Each of the Slams deserves credit for the way they have stepped up in this regard over the past 15 months.”

The All England Club also confirmed its intention to build a retractable roof over No. 1 Court, which is expected to be completed in time for The Championships 2019. Once complete, Wimbledon will have the ability to maintain covered play on its two main show courts for over 26,500 spectators.

Philip Brook, Chairman of the All England Club and The Championships, said “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. 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.”

In July 2012, the All England Club announced that from 2015 the dates of Wimbledon will move back by one week (29 June-12 July 2015) to create a three-week gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Earlier this year the US Open announced that it would increase 2013 prize money by $8.1 million to US$33.6m and that its total purse would hit US$50m by 2017. The Australian Open boosted its player compensation by $4m this year to AUD$30m. Roland Garros recently announced a 19 per cent increase in men’s prize money this year to €10.1 million and plans for men’s prize money to reach €15 million by 2016.

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