Players at Wimbledon to get pay rise this year
By julie_cross | Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 14:46
Tennis players competing at Wimbledon this year will get a pay rise.
The All England Club, Wimbledon, has announced that the total prize money at this year's 126th Championships will be £16.1m, an increase of 10 per cent on 2011 (£14.6m).
Recognising the rising costs associated with professional tennis, the AELTC said this year there would be significantly larger percentage increases for singles players who are knocked out in qualifying or the early rounds of The Championships, with an increase of 26 per cent for those losing in the first round (£14,500).
The increases also extend to all rounds of the qualifying events (+21 per cent), while per diems rise by 17 per cent from £170 to £200 for a main draw player and £85 to £100 in qualifying.
The Men's and Ladies' Singles Champions will each receive £1,150,000, an increase of £50,000 (4.5%) on 2011.
In overall terms, this means that 93 per cent of all singles players will receive an increase in prize money of least 13 per cent, while the remaining 7 per cent will earn a minimum of £75,000.
Philip Brook, Chairman of the All England Club and The Championships, said "Wimbledon continues to be successful and we are delighted to share that success with the players by increasing total prize money by 10 per cent, the largest increase since 1993. At the same time, we appreciate the need to help players meet the rising costs associated with professional tennis so the majority of the record £1.5m increase will be distributed to those who are knocked out in the early rounds of The Championships."