Prize money for the 2020 edition of Wimbledon, which has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, will still be distributed to players based on their rank, organizers said on Friday.
With cancellation insurance (more than £10m or €11m), the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) is pleased to announce that it will be able to pay prize money to “620 players allowed by the classification”. To enter or directly enter the main draw for Wimbledon this year, according to a press release. In men’s and women’s singles, 256 players who will directly enter the main draw will receive £25,000 (€27,940) each, and 224 qualifying players will receive £12,500 (€13,970) each. For comparison, the first-round loser in 2019 received £45,000 (€50,000). For the doubles tournament, the bonus will be £6,250 (6,984 euros) for each of the 120 entered. Finally, there will be £6,000 (EUR 6,705) for each of the 16 players in the wheelchair tennis tournament and £5,000 (EUR 5,588) for each of the four quad players.
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AELTC said these bonuses are not cumulative for singles and doubles ranked players. International officials and arbitrators will also receive fees. Professional tennis came to a complete halt in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, causing numerous tournament cancellations and a huge shortage for players, coaches, referees and organizers. While Wimbledon has decided to quickly cancel the 2020 edition, Roland-Garros has been rescheduled for the fall (September 27 – October 11), and the US Open is trying to continue as scheduled (August 31 – September 13). Separately, Wimbledon announced on Friday that the seeds for next year’s men’s tournament will be determined directly by the ATP ranking, with results from previous grass-court tournaments since 2012 being taken into account. The organizers added that “there will be no change in the method of seed selection in females,” where “(…) WTA ranking is real, except where a change is necessary to rebalance the draw.”