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2005 Apr 26 - Wimbledon prize fund tops £10m

The All England Club have announced a record prize fund of £10,085,510 for this years Wimbledon Championships - an increase of 3.9% year-on-year.

The men's singles champion will collect £630,000 (£602,500 last year) up 4.6%, while the ladies' singles champion will collect £600,000 (£560,500 last year) up 5.9%.

Although the All England Club continue to refuse pay parity between men and women it is at least a step in the right direction towards closing the gap.

Tim Phillips (AELTC Chairman) said:

“We are delighted that Wimbledon prize money now exceeds £10 million.

We are also delighted to recognise the current stature of the women’s game.”

Security will be increased yet again for the championships with tighter restrictions on hand luggage.

In particular, cool boxes and hard-sided picnic baskets will not be permitted and each spectator will only be permitted to enter the grounds with one bag.

Chris Gorringe (AELTC Chief Executive) was quick to point out that this is not an attempt to block fans from picnicking on Henman Hill whilst watching live coverage on the giant TV screen. He said:

"We're not saying no picnicking, just smaller ones.

"A lot of events don't even allow picnics on their own land, they have to use the catering concessions - we have never said that and would not want to."

Chris Gorringe will retire after this years tournament having given 26 years at the club, his replacement will be Ian Ritchie.

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