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.