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Wimbledon Grand Slam Winning Cash Price Increased By £ 50,000

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| May 2 , 2018 , 14:33 IST

The 2018 Wimbledon Grand Slam champion of men’s and women’s category will receive a cash price of £2.25 million (Rs 20.4 crore), an increase of £50,000 (Rs 45.5 lakhs) from the previous amount. The officials announced this update on Tuesday.

Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza won the men's and women's titles in 2017. Lower-ranked players at Wimbledon will enjoy a greater uplift, with an increase of 10 percent across qualifying and the first to fourth rounds of the singles, boosting the overhaul prize money total to £34 million (Rs 309.4 crore) this year.

Wimbledon CEO Richard Lewis said, "We aren't totally convinced yet. The rule is there to be enforced by the umpires. The visibility could be counter-productive. We are very content with a wait and see for now. Tennis is a gladiatorial sport, you are on your own. We totally disagree with it.”

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Some players are unhappy about the amount of time being wasted by toilet breaks and on-court visits from tour physios.

"It is a concern, it's not easy to deal with. We have had discussions with people on the medical side," Lewis said. "Toilet breaks can be an issue. The word gamesmanship comes in."

Keen to stay environmentally friendly, Wimbledon said no plastic straws will be used at this year's tournament as part of its sustainability ethos. Last year more than 400,000 plastic straws were used at the southwest London venue.