Wimbledon prize money increased

by Setanta Staff , 25 April 2012

Wimbledon officials have bowed to pressure from the top players and increased the overall prize money for the 2012 Championships.

Discussion took place between All England club chairman Philip Brook and Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at Indian Wells in March after reports of unrest among the players.

And it appears that the players have got their way as the total prize fund for 2012 will increase by 10 per cent to £16.1million.

The men's and women's champions will receive an extra £50,000 each, meaning their prize money will be £1.15million, but the biggest difference will be among the players who fall either in qualifying or the first round.

Losers in qualifying will see their earnings increase by 21 per cent, while first-round losers' pay has been increased by 26 per cent from last year's £14,500.

There were reports last year that players were considering industrial action if their demands were not met, but Brook insisted that talk of a strike was never mentioned.

"There hasn't been any suggestion of industrial action or unrest," he said. "There was a request to go and meet with them in Indian Wells. We respected that request.

"In those top four players we have people of quality and integrity who want to do the right thing for the sport."

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