Wimbledon prize money increases by £120,000 for singles

The overall prize fund at the All England Club will rise from £25m to £26.75m, a 7% increase year on year.

Courts 14 and 15 will come back into use after being re-laid following development works, bringing the total ground capacity at SW19 to 39,000, compared to 38,500 in 2014.

And use of Hawk-Eye has been extended to courts 12 and 18.

That means the technology will be in action on six courts across the championships, which run from 29 June to 12 July.

Wimbledon’s total prize money increase to £26.75m is 83% higher than in 2011, and maintains the competition’s status as the highest-paying in tennis.

“We recognise the players are an essential ingredient of our championships,” said All England Lawn Tennis Club chairman Philip Brook

“The level of prize money is affordable to this championship, so we feel it’s important that we should reflect that in what we pay the players.”

The prize money increase for singles players is evenly spread out – after a four-year period in which the highest percentage increases have been awarded to first-round losers.

Wheelchair doubles players enjoy the biggest jump and there was a strong hint that a wheelchair singles event will finally be introduced in time for 2016.

The biggest change this year, however, is the later start. The All England Club hopes that the three-week gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon will give players a chance to get their feet moving better on what to many remains an alien surface.

And there is good news for the ball boys and girls: two table tennis tables will be laid out in their new relaxation area.

The All England Club added it remains on course to have a roof built on Court One by 2019.

But Brook said the venue had turned down the opportunity to host Great Britain’s Davis Cup quarter-final with France in July, which will instead be held at Queen’s Club.

“The week after the championships, there’s a lot of work going on at the site. So reluctantly we said we weren’t available,” he said.


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