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You'll regret not taking up tennis after seeing this year's Wimbledon prize money

Not bad for a fortnight’s work.

Reigning Wimbledon men's champion Novak Djokovic.
Reigning Wimbledon men's champion Novak Djokovic.
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WIMBLEDON HAS BEEN moved back a week in the tennis schedule to aid players’ recovery from the French Open.

The two grand slam tournaments have traditionally been just a fortnight apart, giving contenders very little time to adjust their approach from the clay to grass court seasons.

However, at the All England Club’s spring press conference today, a new three-week period to rest and prepare was confirmed.

Tuesday’s conference also revealed that the Wimbledon prize pot has once again been boosted, with the men’s and women’s singles champions set to take home €2.6 million each — a €168,000 increase from last year.

Total prize money for the tournament will be €37.4 million. Organisers say the prize fund will be ‘the highest ever in professional tennis’, surpassing last year’s US Open. It shows an 8% increase from Wimbledon in 2014.

Last year’s champions, Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova, each received €2.46 million. This year’s tournament will run from 29 June to 12 July.

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