After receiving vital prize-money increases from a Australian Open, a French Open and a United States Open, a players were given a biggest prize-money boost of all by Wimbledon, a oldest of a 4 events.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club, that stages Wimbledon, announced Tuesday that it would lift altogether esteem income by 6.5 million pounds for this year’s championships to a sum of 22.6 million pounds, or $34.4 million. That represents a 40 percent compensate lift over 2012, with a biggest increases in commission terms indifferent for early-round losers in a serve try to boost a pool of players means to make a viable vital from a sport.
Wimbledon officials pronounced a 2013 compensate lift and sum purse would be a largest in a story of veteran tennis. It was a latest instance of a players’ new negotiate energy in an age of odd togetherness among a game’s biggest men’s stars.
If there are no serve changes, a final prize-money sum for a Grand Slam tournaments in 2013 will be as follows: a Australian Open ($31 million, adult 15 percent), a French Open ($28.7 million, adult 16 percent), Wimbledon ($34.4 million, adult 40 percent) and a United States Open ($33.6 million, adult 31 percent).
Though rare in distance and scope, a raises do not compare what a players were primarily requesting. With a group heading a approach in negotiations, players wanted 25 percent of sum income and have not nonetheless achieved that during any Grand Slam tournament.
The Australian Open was closest this year, with sum esteem income for group and women during about 23 percent of sum revenue. But a Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon have announced serve increases in a subsequent several years, and a United States Open has committed to a $50 million purse by 2017.
“The latest prize-money increases announced by Wimbledon finish a successful set of discussions for a ATP with all 4 Grand Slams per actor compensation,” pronounced Brad Drewett, ATP executive authority and president, in an e-mail message. “I’d like to appreciate Philip Brook and Richard Lewis from a All England Club for their certain and constructive opinion toward esteem income contention with a ATP over a past 15 months.
Brook, a club’s chairman, and Lewis, a club’s arch executive, have been among those concerned in rare face-to-face negotiations with a heading players, including Roger Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion who is boss of a ATP Player Council.
“These are poignant increases and we have done them given we wanted to and not given we had to,” Brook pronounced during a news discussion in remarks reported by Reuters.
Echoing other Grand Slam leaders this year, Brook pronounced that a club’s concentration was on assisting players who remove in a progressing rounds. Players who remove in singles in a initial 3 rounds will accept during slightest 62 percent some-more than they would have in 2012 while singles champions will accept 39 percent increases. A first-round crook during Wimbledon this year will acquire 23,500 pounds, or about $35,875; a singles champion will acquire 1.6 million pounds, or about $2.44 million.
Brook also announced skeleton to build a fixed, retractable roof over Court One, a second uncover court, by 2019. Wimbledon’s Centre Court has had a retractable roof given 2009.
The Australian Open is building a third retractable roof during Melbourne Park, though a French Open and United States Open remain, for now, roof-free and exposed to a elements. The United States Open men’s final has been played on a Monday a final 5 years.
“It will substantially take 5 or 6 years to pattern and build,” Brook pronounced of a Court One roof.