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Wimbledon Announces Inaugural Wheelchair Singles Prize Money

Britain’s Defending Doubles Champion Jordanne Whiley Welcomes New Singles Event on Grass

The winner of the wheelchair singles at the Wimbledon Championships, when it makes its debut later this year, will earn £25,000 ($36,000/€32,000), the All-England Club have announced.

A total of £75,000 ($109,000/€96,000) will be awarded in the singles, with the runners-up, semi-finalists and quarter-finalists being awarded.

|  This year’s tournament: June 27 – July 10

Until this year, only wheelchair doubles had been played at the venue in London famous for its grass courts.

The All-England Club had announced last July that they would be adding wheelchair singles.

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Britain’s defending Wimbledon doubles champion Jordanne Whiley, who last year won her second consecutive ladies’ wheelchair doubles title with Japanese partner Yui Kamiji, led the praise for Wimbledon’s announcement:

“I’m really pleased that there will be a singles tournament at Wimbledon next year.  I love playing at Wimbledon and am already looking forward to playing both singles and doubles in 2016.  It will be tough on the grass but it is a challenge the players will take on.  This is a great opportunity to showcase our sport at the highest level.”

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This year, in the wheelchair doubles event, each pair on the winning team would receive £12,000 ($17,500/€15,500).

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Source: AELTC

 

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