- Title: FILE: TENNIS - Wimbledon singles champions to receive a million pounds each
- Date: 21st April 2010
- Summary: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE) (REUTERS) GATES OF THE ALL ENGLAND LAWN TENNIS CLUB PAN ACROSS THE GROUNDS OF THE ALL ENGLAND LAWN TENNIS CLUB SIGN INDICATING CENTRE COURT CENTRE COURT RUSSIA'S NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO AND AMERICAN ANDY RODDICK (HAT BACKWARDS) TALKING BESIDE THE COURT RUSSIAN SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA WALKING AT THE ALL ENGLAND LAWN TENNIS CLUB CENTRE COURT WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS EMBLEM
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- Topics: Sports
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- Story Text: The winners of this year's Wimbledon singles crowns will own the world's most prestigious tennis titles and receive a cool one million pounds ($1.53 million) each.
The men's and women's champions at the All England Club will each get 150,000 pounds more than the 2009 winners and nearly double the amount from ten years ago but still just short of the $1.6 million offered by the U.S. Open last year.
Total prize money for the June 21-July 4 event is 13.725 million pounds, an increase of 1.175 million from last year. The two runners-up will receive 500,000 pounds.
The chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club Tim Phillips told reporters on Tuesday (April 20) that it was important the club offered a level of prize money which is both appropriate to the prestige of the event and which gives the players full and fair reward.
Explaining how the championships were able to fund such increases despite the gloomy economic climate, chief executive Ian Ritchie said they had benefited from long-running arrangements with commercial partners.
He added they were in a healthy financial position due to re-investment and innovation so could afford to reward everyone involved a bit better.
Ground ticket prices have been held from last year, despite the daily crowd limit being cut from 40,000 to 37,500 because improvements to Court Two have cut the outside court space.
Organisers also said that there were no plans to show any World Cup soccer matches on the big screens around the complex.
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