Wimbledon Boost Players with Increased Prize Money

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A total of 620 players, singles and doubles, male and female, will benefit from Wimbledon’s £10m fund thanks in large to their pandemic insurance policy.

Wimbledon was cancelled earlier this year for the first time since World War II due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe.

Based on the world ranking, 224 players who would have competed in the qualifying tournament will each receive £12,500 while 256 players who would have competed in main singles draw will each receive £25,000.

The 120 players who would have competed in main doubles draw will each receive £6,250, while 16 players who would have competed in the wheelchair events will each receive £6,000.

Four players who would have competed in the Quad Wheelchair events will each receive £5,000.

Outgoing AELTC chief, Richard Lewis has said he was pleased the insurance policy allowed them to financially help players during a difficult time for the sport.

“Immediately following the cancellation of The Championships, we turned our attention to how we could assist those who help make Wimbledon happen,” he said. “We know these months of uncertainty have been very worrying for these groups, including the players, many of whom have faced financial difficulty during this period and who would have quite rightly anticipated the opportunity to earn prize money at Wimbledon based on their world ranking.

“We are pleased that our insurance policy has allowed us to recognise the impact of the cancellation on the players and that we are now in a position to offer this payment as a reward for the hard work they have invested in building their ranking to a point where they would have gained direct entry into The Championships 2020.”