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Wimbledon prize money rises 11.8 percent

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Published on April 30, 2019 - Duration: 00:55s

Wimbledon prize money rises 11.8 percent

Prize money at Wimbledon this year will total 38 million pounds ($49.4 million), up 11.8 percent from last year.

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Wimbledon prize money rises 11.8 percent

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 30, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WIMBLEDON CHAIRMAN, PHILIP BROOK, SAYING: "So, total prize money this year will be 38 million pounds ($49.4 million dollars), a very healthy increase of 11.8 percent or 4 million pounds on 2018.

Gentlemen's and ladies' singles champions will each receive 2.35 million pounds ($3.06 million dollars), that is 100,000 pounds ($130,260 dollar) increase on last year, or 4.4 percent.

And singles' prize money for qualifying and for competitors in rounds one to three will increase by more than 10 percent as in 2018.

In other words, as in 2018, there will be double digit increases for every singles' player competing at the championships other than those who reach the last 16.

A clear demonstration, once again, of our continued commitment to do what we can for players for whom it will have the most impact." STORY: Wimbledon prize money will total 38 million pounds ($49.4 million) for this year's championships, a rise of 11.8 percent, the All England Club announced on Tuesday (April 30).

The men's and women's singles champions will receive 2.35 million pounds -- 100,000 more than in 2018.

Continuing a theme of recent years, organisers have again significantly raised prize money for early-round losers.

Prize money for qualifying and rounds one to three in the singles will rise by 10 percent with 45,000 pounds now the compensation for a first-round singles exit.

The Championships, which this year will see a roof on Court One, will not employ the 'shot clock' used at this year's Australian Open, although it is likely to be rolled out in 2020, according to club CEO Richard Lewis.

This year's tournament will also see tiebreaks employed at 12-12 in the deciding sets of all matches for the first time.

($1 = 0.7690 pounds)

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