The prize money for the players who get eliminated in the first three rounds of the Wimbledon 2014 Championships has been raised, as they have done for the past three years. Since the grass Grand Slam in 2011, the prize money for the first three rounds after qualifying has been raised by over 100% each round. In 2011, the first round losers received £11,500, but the players who will be eliminated in this year’s first round will receive a much improved £27,000. Overall, the prize money for the entire tournament is now at £25million.
The prize money has also been raised for the eventual winners of the tournament as the purse has gone up by 10% compared to the amount that Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli won last year. They each won around £1.6million for winning Wimbledon last year, but the pot has been announced to be £1.76million this year. The chief executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Richard Lewis commented on the rise in prize money for Wimbledon 2014 for players losing in the lesser rounds, “I’m not saying they are pleading poverty. But they aren’t making huge sums of money for world-class sportsmen.”
Even though in recent times Andy Murray has been falling down the official ATP World Tour Rankings, as he now sits as 8th best in the world, the chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), Philip Brook said his seed won’t be harmed. The way the AELTC works the seeding for Wimbledon 2014 is based on the ranking they sit in the world as well as their performance of grass. Therefore, considering that Andy Murray is the Queen’s and Wimbledon champion, he will still have a high seed at Wimbledon 2014 due to performing so well on grass courts.
Author Daniel Foster.
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