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Wimbledon Ups Singles Prize by Almost 10 Percent
Tue April 29, 2003 08:55 PM ET
By Jon Bramley

LONDON (Reuters) - The Wimbledon Championships announced a 9.5 percent rise across the board for singles competitors on Tuesday but still came under attack after failing to close the gap between the men's and women's prize money.

The women's champion will earn 535,000 pounds ($851,600) in 2003, a rise from the 486,000 won by Serena Williams last year but still 40,000 below the top prize for the men. Tournament chairman Tim Phillips insisted at a news conference held at the club that the allocation marked a "fair deal" all round for the players -- in fact, he suggested the women were getting the better end of it.

Phillips said this year's rise in prize money would not extend to doubles competitors whose rewards are to be frozen in 2003. The winners of the men's doubles event will still pocket 210,000 pounds, 15,750 more than their female counterparts.

Among other improvements to the club and event, including eight new practice courts nearby and more toilets, Phillips said bowing and curtseying to the royal box would largely disappear.

He also said that discussions to build a roof over the Center Court were still going on but no solution had been found to a batch of difficulties.
 

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in summary, Wimby has introduced...

more WC's
less bowing and curtseying
a pay rise for Agassi (the eventual winna :devil: )
less money for Sure-Winna
same amount of moulah for Knowles and Nestor
no sun/rain-roof
more practice courts

Anna should be thrilled...:eek:
 
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