Re: Record prize money for Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England - The total purse at Wimbledon will be 8.7 percent more than last year, with the male and female champion each taking home $1.4 million.
The only Grand Slam tournament on grass will offer total prize money of $22,572,011. The increase reflects female and male competitors getting equal pay from the first round to the final for the first time since it began paying players in 1968. Wimbledon announced the pay equity on Feb. 22.
"No tennis tournament has ever offered higher prize money than Wimbledon in 2007," All England Club chairman Tim Phillips said.
Roger Federer earned $1.17 million in winning last year's tournament, while Amelie Mauresmo took home $1.11 million.
Wimbledon, which runs from June 25 to July 8, also announced it would use instant replay technology for the first time, subject to final testing in May. The Hawk-Eye technology, used at the U.S. Open for the first time last year and at this year's Australian Open, will be on Centre Court and court No. 1 only.
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