Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Wimbledon to award record prize moeny for 2011 champions
Last year the prize money for the men and women's singles champions exceeded £1m for the first time, as Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams triumphed.
The total prize fund for the 2011 tournament is £14.6m, an increase of 6.4 per cent from last year.
Nadal beat Tomas Berdych to win the men's title in 2010, while Williams overcame Vera Zvonareva.
Philip Brook, chairman of the All England Club which stages the event, said: "Leading international sports events such as Wimbledon are all about the quality of the players on show.
"It is important that we offer prize money which suitably rewards the players both for the box-office appeal they bring to the event and for their supreme performances on court."