The Wimbledon Championships are now just 2 months away and we heard the exciting news this week that the prize money for the singles champion will increase by £120,000 on last year to a stonking £1.88 Million.
Yes, thats pound sterling which equates to approximately AU$3.8Million over here (depending on who you use for your money transfers! – we prefer HI-Fx in case you’re wondering!).
It’s the kind of money that almost motivates me to get off the sofa and start knocking a ball around in the hope that I can gain some glory and a rather nice little payday, but I fear I may have left it too late!
Here is the latest on this years prize money:
- Total: £26.75m (+7% on 2014)
- Singles: £1.88m (+7%)
- Doubles: £341,250 (+5%)
- Mixed doubles: £100,800 (+5%)
- Wheelchair doubles: £15,360 (+28%)
In other Wimbledon news, we hear that Courts 14 and 15 will be back in use after being re-laid following development work at the site, bringing the total ground capacity at the home of tennis to 39,000. I must find out how that compares to Melbourne’s home of tennis!
The umpires friend, Hawk-Eye has also been extended to courts 12 and 18 to solve any disputes or dodgy line calls meaning that the technology will be in action on six courts during the championships, which run from 29 June to 12 July 2015.
We’ve got our tickets – see you there!