Wimbledon announces 40 per cent hike in prize money

The singles winners will get a 39 per cent increase over the 1.15 million pounds ($1.75 million) that Roger Federer and Serena Williams picked up last year.

updated: April 23, 2013 21:46 IST
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London: This year's singles champions at Wimbledon will each receive 1.6 million pounds ($2.4 million) after the All England Club increased overall prize money by a record 40 percent for the biggest total payout in tennis history.

Wimbledon also announced on Tuesday that it plans to build a retractable roof on Court No. 1 in the latest move to combat the rain delays that affected the tournament over the years.

Prize money will total 22.6 million pounds ($34.4 million), an increase of 6.5 million pounds ($9.9 million) from last year. The club called it the largest single increase and biggest total prize fund in the history of professional tennis.

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