Players to get huge Wimbledon windfall

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Players to get huge Wimbledon windfall

LONDON - Wimbledon organizers moved to justify a staggering 39 percent rise in total prize money on Tuesday that will make the pot at this year’s championships the biggest ever in tennis.

Players at this year’s grasscourt Grand Slam, which starts on June 24, will receive £22.6 million? ($34.45 million) with the men’s and women’s singles champions each pocketing £1.6 million ($2.44 million).

Last year’s Wimbledon singles champions earned $ 1.15 million - 39 percent less.

“These are significant increases and we have made them because we wanted to and not because we had to,” All England Club chairman, Philip Brook, said Tuesday.

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