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This photo from June 25, 2021 shows the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London. Wimbledon will offer a record total of 40.3 million pounds ($50.5 million) in compensation to players this year, but the singles champions will receive less than the pre-pandemic amount. The prize money excluding per diem totals a record 38.9 million pounds ($48.8 million), the All England Club announced on Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Wimbledon will offer a record total of 40.3 million pounds ($50.5 million) in compensation to players, but the singles champions will receive less than the pre-pandemic amount.

The prize money excluding per diem totals a record 38.9 million pounds ($48.8 million), the All England Club announced on Thursday. The winners of the men’s and women’s singles will each earn £2 million ($2.5 million), down 14.9% from 2019.

The overall price is an 11% increase from last year, when crowd capacity was reduced due to coronavirus restrictions, and a 5.4% increase from 2019.

The oldest Grand Slam tournament begins on June 27 and organizers have outlined plans for the grass-court competition to be at full capacity for the first time in three years.

Although lower than 2019’s amount, the prize money for both men’s and women’s singles winners is a 17.6% increase from last year, when Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty won their respective titles. The 2020 tournament has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers said this year’s cast “continues to place importance on supporting players in the early rounds of the event.” First-round singles players will compete for 50,000 pounds ($62,700), up 11% from 2019.

Prize money in wheelchair and quadruple wheelchair events increased by 40% compared to 2019.

“From the first round of qualifying competition to the crowning of champions,” said Ian Hewitt, Chairman of the All England Club, “this year’s award distribution aims to reflect how important players are to the Championships as we look to continue to deliver one of the greatest sporting events in the world, and with a particularly special tournament ahead of us as we celebrate 100 years of Center Court on Church Road.

The All England Club has banned players from Russia and Belarus from Wimbledon this year due to the invasion of Ukraine. In response, the women’s and men’s professional tours announced that they would not award ranking points for Wimbledon this year.

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