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Wimbledon raises prize purse, moves to online ticket ballot

The total prize money for this year’s edition of the Wimbledon grand slam tennis tournament will be £38m (€37.2m/$41.8m), an 11.8-per-cent increase on last year’s fund of £34m.

The men’s and women’s singles champions will each receive £2.35m, up from £2.25m in 2018. The men’s and women’s runners-up will receive £1.175m.

Singles prize money for players competing in the qualifying competition and the first three rounds of the main draw has also been increased by more than 10 per cent. First-round prize money will be £45,000 this year.

Men’s and women’s doubles competitors will see prize money increase by 14.2 per cent, with the mixed doubles fund to rise by 6.2 per cent. Prize money for wheelchair events will also increase by 47 per cent, owing to a double-digit increase for existing wheelchair events and new prize money for the quad wheelchair events that have been added this year.

In other news, Wimbedon has announced that from next year, applications for its public ticket ballot will be online. Fans are currently required to send paper ticket applications in the post.

This year’s tournament will also see Wimbledon’s No.1 Court debut its new retractable roof. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said yesterday (Tuesday) that the three-year project, which increases the No.1 Court capacity 12,345, has been delivered on time and on budget.

All seats inside the stadium have been replaced to allow for improved spectator comfort, with 15 hospitality suites also having been refurbished. The revamped No.1 Court will open on May 19 with a celebration event.