Wimbledon has increased its overall prize money by five per cent and will also invest in fighting match-fixing and doping.
The increase means this year’s men’s and women’s singles champions will pocket £2 million for their efforts after the All England Club announced the total prize fund will be boosted to £28.1 million for the grand slam tournament.
In 2015, respective champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were awarded £1.88 million for winning their respective titles, but that figure will now increase by 6.4 per cent, roughly £120,000.
Over the past five years, the prize money at Wimbledon has nearly doubled, so much so that first-round losers will still receive £30,000.
The winners of the doubles events will also see an increase in prize money as they will receive £350,000, a 3.1 per cent increase. Wheelchair players will earn £200,000 should they triumph, which is a staggering 212.5 per cent increase. However, there was no increase in the prize money for the mixed doubles event.
Meanwhile, tournament chief executive Richard Lewis revealed there are plans to bolster the protection of the “integrity” of the game even though he failed to provide any actual figures.
“We just think that whether it is integrity or anti-doping we should enhance what we are doing,” Lewis said. “We have a lot of confidence in the anti-doping program. It would be wrong to go into details.”
As part of measures to help tack match-fixing, two data feeds will be provided for each match, including qualifiers, while video footage will also be available to aid in any such investigation.