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Tennis: Wimbledon first-round losers set to be financial winners

Published on Apr 29, 2014 11:30 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - First-round singles losers at this year's Wimbledon tennis championships will receive 27,000 pounds (S$57,000) prize money as organisers continue to help the sport's lesser lights make ends meet.

Outlining how the grass-court Grand Slam tournament's increased 25 million pounds prize pot will be distributed, the All England Club announced a 14.9 per cent raise for first-round losers in the main draw of the men's and women's singles.

At the top end, this year's singles champions will bank 1.76 million pounds, a 10 per cent increase on the 1.6 million pounds Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli earned last year.

That compares favourably with the 1.65 million euros (S$2.9 million) for the singles champions at next month's French Open, while Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na earned US$2.65 million (S$3.3 million) for their wins at the Australian Open in January.

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