Friday 30 September 2016

Jackpot Wimbledon - 2015 winners to receive €2.2m each, first round losers to pocket €40k

Published 28/04/2015 | 14:35

Novak Djokovic earned £1.76m for his Wimbledon victory last year. This year's winner will take home £1.88 (€2.2m) for winning the tournament.
Novak Djokovic earned £1.76m for his Wimbledon victory last year. This year's winner will take home £1.88 (€2.2m) for winning the tournament.

Wimbledon has increased this year's prize money by seven per cent to £26.75m (€37.4m) with £1.88m (€2.2m) going to the men's and ladies' champions.

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Last year's champions Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova each received £1.76m.

The pot for first-round losers, meanwhile, has been increased by £2,000 to £29,000 (€40,500) this year.

The All England Club announced figures for this year's Championships with organisers saying the prize fund will be "the highest ever in professional tennis".

While the prize money overall will be more than the US Open. The final slam of the season continues to offer the largest prize fund for both the men's and ladies singles champions.

Organisers have yet to reveal this year's figures, but last year they paid out £1,964,006.

The French Open continues to lag behind the other three grand slams even though prize money for next month's Championship has increased by 12 per cent this year.

Wimbledon pay out the biggest amount for first-round losers of all the slams. Tumbling at the first hurdle will see players collect £29,000 in comparison to the £17,164 on offer at Roland Garros.

The fund is over five-and-a-half-thousand more than what US Open organisers paid out to first-round losers last year.

The Wimbledon prize pot has been soaring over recent years. With the ladies' singles' winners being awarded the same prize money as the men since 2007, the figure continues to rise.

This year's tournament runs from June 29 to July 12. The break between the French Open and Wimbledon, normally two weeks, has been extended to three weeks for the first time this year.

Telegraph.co.uk

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