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Prize money increase unveiled for ATP World Tour

The ATP World Tour, the top men’s professional tennis tour, will offer more than $100m (€80m) in prize money for the first time next year.

In outlining its plans for the coming four years, the ATP World Tour said that prize money would climb to $135m by 2018. The figures include 14-per-cent increases in the nine-tournament ATP Masters 1000 series through to 2018 and average annual increases of 3.5 per cent in the ATP World Tour 250 series.

Player compensation for a five-year period for the ATP World Tour 500 category was decided at the end of 2013.

“The increases at ATP events are a testament to the sustained success of men’s professional tennis, as well as demonstrating the ATP’s confidence in the strength of its product and projected growth,” the ATP said.

The figures do not include the four grand slam events, which are not operated by the ATP.