Wimbledon prize money increased by 40%
Updated: Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 13:01
The All England Club today announced a 40 per cent increase in prize money for the 2013 Wimbledon Championships - making it the largest pot in the sport's history.
Players at this summer's grass court event will receive a total of £22.6 million, an increase of £6.5m over 2012.
The club also confirmed their intention to build a retractable roof on court one for the start of the 2019 tournament.
The winners of the men's and ladies' singles titles will each receive £1.6 million this year. Roger Federer and Serena Williams took home £1.15m in 2012.
There is an even greater increase for players losing in the early rounds.
Losers in rounds one, two and three will see a 60 per cent step change rise this year, thereby increasing the prize money for these players by around 90% over a two-year period.
There is also a 41% increase in prize money for qualifying bringing the two-year increase for this group to 71 per cent.
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."