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Wimbledon agreed to award 10 million pounds as prize money to the 620 players who would have taken part in the tournament if it was not been canceled due to Coronavirus Pandemic and it was hailed as “a class act” on Friday for his gesture.
The All England Club said that they will distribute the prize money based on world rankings, 224 players who would have been competed in qualifying matches will receive 12,500 pounds each while the 256 players who would have featured in the main draw singles will get 25,000 pounds. In doubles, it will be 6,250 pounds, for wheelchair events, the amount would be around 6,000 pounds per player, with 5,000 pounds for quad wheelchair competitors.
Kim Clijsters former world number one and four-time major singles winner tweeted “Amazing news — always a class act and leader of our sport. Well done @Wimbledon – can’t wait to be back next year,”
Wimbledon could have staged finals this weekend if it was not canceled, Wimbledon was Cancelled for the first time since the Second World War due to the global coronavirus Pandemic.
All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said .”We know these months of uncertainty have been very worrying for the players, many of whom have faced financial difficulty during this period and who would have quite rightly anticipated the opportunity to earn prize money at Wimbledon based on their world ranking,”
“We are pleased that our insurance policy has allowed us to recognize the impact of the cancellation on the players and that we are now in a position to offer this payment as a reward for the hard work they have invested in building their ranking to a point where they would have gained direct entry into The Championships 2020.”
Organisers will also distribute money to officials and some international umpires.”
“Just when you thought you couldn’t love @Wimbledon any more….,” tweeted Britain’s Marcus Willis, who famously reached the second round in 2016, where he lost to Roger Federer.
Willis was ranked 772 in the world ranking. Willis has played six rounds of qualifying matches.
His 50,000 pounds prize money doubled his entire career earnings.
Meanwhile, the men’s singles seedings will revert to the world rankings at next year’s Wimbledon, after almost two decades of being based on grass-court form.
The All England Club informed that they had taken the decision after consultations with various player groups.
Reports claimed that next year Wimbledon will run from June 28 to July 11.
“While keeping in mind the standard of competition, entertainment and modern grass courts and thorough discussion with the player groups, the AELTC has decided that the grass-court seeding formula which was used since 2002 has served its time,”
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