Wimbledon organisers have upped total prize money at this year's grass court tournament by 40 percent to the biggest prize fund in tennis.
SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 23, 2013)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ALL ENGLAND CLUB CHAIRMAN PHILIP BROOK SAYS: "In terms of total prize money, our overall total prize money increase this year is 40 percent, 40 percent is 6.5 million pounds (sterling) increase on last year. At 6.5 million pounds (sterling) this is the largest single increase ever in tennis history and the total prize money of 22.6 million pounds (sterling) is also the largest prize money ever in tennis." STORY: Wimbledon organisers have upped total prize money at this year's grass court tournament by 40 percent to the biggest prize fund in tennis. All England Club chairman Philip Brook told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday (April 23) that players at this year's grasscourt grand slam, which starts on June 24, will receive a total of 22.6 million pounds ($34.45 million) with the men's and women's singles champions each pocketing 1.6 million pounds ($2.44 million), Brook said. This is slightly more than this year's Australian Open winners. Last year's Wimbledon singles champions earned 1.15 million pounds.