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Wimbledon announce prize money increase among other changes for 2019 Championships

Andrew Hendrie in News 1 May 2019
  • Wimbledon announces shake-up for 2019 and beyond
  • Prize money increase of 11.8 percent this year
  • Court No. 1 updated with new roof and increased capacity
A view of Wimbledon's refurbished Court No. 1 (PA Images)

An increase in prize money and the grand opening of a renovated Court 1 were among the announcements made by Wimbledon on Tuesday as The Championships 2019 edge closer.

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The 95-year tradition of applying for Wimbledon tickets by pen, paper and stamped envelope has also been scrapped in favour of an online ballot from 2020.

Prize money will increase by 11.8 percent at this year’s tournament, with the total prize money pool standing at £38 million. The Gentleman’s and Ladies’ Singles champions will each earn £2.35 million (increased from £2.25 million in 2018), while singles prize money for players in qualifying and in the first three rounds of the main draw will increase by over 10 percent.

Double-digit increases for Gentleman’s and Ladies’ Doubles were also announced, while mixed doubles prize money has jumped 6.2 percent.

This year will also feature the launch of the refurbished Court No. 1, which now includes a retractable roof and an increased capacity of 12,345 spectators. The Court No. 1 Celebration is set to take place on Sunday May 19 and will star the likes of former champions Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Lleyton Hewitt and Goran Ivanisevic competing in various forms of matches, with proceeds from the event to be donated towards Wimbledon Foundation’s new fund for the homeless, ‘A Roof For All.’

“The enhancements announced for 2019, in particular the successful completion of the No.1 Court Project, continue to reflect our confidence in the future and in our strategy of continuous improvement, to maintain Wimbledon’s place at the pinnacle of the sport,” stated Philip Brook, Chairman of the AELTC.

Other changes set for Wimbledon 2019 include introducing a tiebreak at 12-12 in the final set for all events for the first time in Grand Slam history, following on from John Isner and Kevin Anderson’s marathon semi-final from last season and John Isner and Nicolas Mahut’s record-shattering match from 2010. Earlier this season, the Australian Open introduced a match tiebreak at 6-6 in the fifth set for the first time.

Additionally, the Ladies’ Singles qualifying draw will increase from 96 to 128 players, which is the same as the Gentleman’s Singles qualifying draw.

Matches on outside courts will begin 30 minutes earlier than previous years at 11.00am BST and four more courts have been equipped with Hawk-Eye technology. Organisers have also announced plans for an eco-friendly championships by using only 100% recycled and recyclable water bottles and eliminating plastic bags from its racquet-stringing procedure.

Meanwhile, two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has until June 18 to apply for a Wimbledon wildcard as he continues to recover from hip surgery.

Murray can use his protected ranking to enter Wimbledon, but might want to save it for another tournament and thus ask for a wildcard. Murray, who hasn’t played since January, stated recently that he feels no pressure to return to tennis but will attempt a comeback if his body allows it.

The 2019 Championships are live from Wimbledon’s All England Club between Monday July 1 and Sunday July 14.


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Wimbledon announce prize money increase among other changes for 2019 Championships

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