LONDON — This year's men's and
women's singles champions at Wimbledon will each receive nearly $3
million, as the Grand Slam tournament increases overall prize
money by 5 percent.
The All England Club announced
Tuesday that the total prize fund is going up to 28.1 million
pounds ($40 million) for the grass-court championships.
The prize for the singles champions
has been raised by 6.4 percent, or 120,000 pounds ($175,000), to 2
million pounds ($2.9 million). Last year, Novak Djokovic and
Serena Williams each collected 1.88 million pounds ($2.74
First-round losers, meanwhile, will
receive 30,000 pounds ($43,000).
Over the past five years, total
prize money at Wimbledon has nearly doubled, going up by 92
percent. The highest increase was in 2013, when the prize fund
went up by 40 percent.
The 130th edition of the tournament
will be played at the All England Club from June 27-July 10.
The U.S. Open continues to be the
Grand Slam tournament paying the highest prize money. Last year,
it paid out a total of $42.3 million — including $3.3 million to
each of the singles champions.
Prize money has been increased 14
percent for next month's French Open to a total of about 32
million euros ($36 million). The singles winners will each earn 2
million euros ($2.25 million).
Wimbledon also announced increased
funding to combat match-fixing and doping, though no specific
figures were given.
Chief executive Richard Lewis said
extra funds would be allocated for analysis of betting patterns to
detect any suspicious activity.
The issue of match-fixing came to
the forefront during the Australian Open in January when the BBC
and BuzzFeed alleged that tennis authorities suppressed evidence
and failed to thoroughly investigate possible fixing involving 16
players. That led tennis' governing bodies to launch an
independent review of the sport's anti-corruption group, the
Tennis Integrity Unit.
Lewis said Wimbledon would also
spend more on drug-testing. The sport is currently dealing with a
high-profile case involving Maria Sharapova, who tested positive
for meldonium at the Australian Open.