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LONDON---Total prize money for
this year s Wimbledon tourna-
ment will reach 25 million pounds
(USUS$42 million), an increase
of 10.8 per cent that will mostly
favour the early-round losers.
The All England Club said yes-
terday that the men s and women s
singles champions will each receive
1.76 million pounds (USUS$2.9
million), a ten per cent increase
on last year s top prize won by
Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli.
By comparison, this year s
French Open champions will
receive 1.65 million euros (US$2.3
million) while Stanislas Wawrinka
and Li Na earned US$2.65 million
for their wins at the Australian
Open in January. US Open organ-
isers have yet to announce the prize
money for this year s tournament.
The main increases at Wimble-
don are for the early losers, with
players who fail to get past the
third round receiving prize money
worth 12.5 per cent more than in
"We ve placed emphasis on the
large group of players who need
our help the most, those players
who lose in qualifying and in the
early rounds of the champi-
onships," Wimbledon chairman
Philip Brook said. "We also had
an eye to being competitive inter-
nationally, and we do keep our
watch on what is going on in other
tennis events and in particular the
other Grand Slams."
The grass-court Grand Slam will
be played from June 23-July 6.
In keeping with player demands
for a larger slice of Grand Slam
revenues, all four majors have
greatly increased their prize money
in the past two years, with Wim-
bledon offering the biggest amount
following a record 40 per cent
increase last year.
The French Open now offers
more than 25 million euros
(US$34.5 million) while the US
Open increased its purse to
US$34.3 million and the Australian
Open went up to AUUS$33 million
The Wimbledon prize money
for the majority of singles players
who lose in the first three rounds
of the grass-court tournament has
been increased by more than 100
per cent over a three-year period.
The main increase this year is for
first-round losers, with each
receiving 27,000 pounds
(US$45,450), 14.9 per cent more
than last year.
"This year we ve got a very gen-
erous increase once again," Brook
said. "We wanted to build on the
focus from 2012 and 2013."
There will also be an increase
of 8.7 per cent in prize money for
doubles and a 6.1 per cent increase
for mixed doubles.
In all, an extra 2.4 million
pounds (US$4 million) is up for
grabs compared to last year.
Brook said plans to build a
retractable roof on Court No 1 are
still on track pending planning
approval, with an application to
be submitted later this year. The
roof, similar to the one on Centre
Court, should be completed in
2019, and court capacity will be
increased by 900 seats to 12,400.
Brook also confirmed the tour-
nament will start a week later in
2015 to create a three-week gap
between the French Open and
Wimbledon, with the men s final
on July 12.
"Hopefully with the extra week
more players will be encouraged
to compete on grass," Brook said.
Seedings for this year s tourna-
ment will be announced on June
18.Brook said defending champion
Murray, who has slipped to eighth
in the rankings, will stay among
the top seeds thanks to his strong
record on grass over the past two
Wimbledon s seeding order is
determined using the ATP rankings
and points are added for achieve-
ments in grass-court tournaments
in the past 12 months.
"And we add to that 75 per cent
of the best-performing tournament
in the previous year," Brook said.
"For Andy Murray, as the winner
of Queen s last year and the winner
here last year, and a finalist here
in 2012, there will be a significant
impact on him."
Brooks said the seedings will
also have "significant impact" on
seven-time champion Roger Fed-
erer and Novak Djokovic, Brook
Brook did not comment on
speculation of a possible return to
competition by Bartoli ahead of
Wimbledon. The 29-year-old
Frenchwoman retired suddenly
after a loss at Cincinnati last
August, explaining that her body
could no longer take the strain
after 14 years as a pro.
When asked if her entourage
had been in touch recently and if
Bartoli would be granted a wild
card if she asked for one, Brook
said: "The rumors in France have
not reached London yet, so we ll
wait and see." (AP)
champion Philipp Kohlschreiber
was knocked out in the first round
of the BMW Open yesterday, los-
ing 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to Denis
The 55th-ranked Istomin saved
11 of 14 break points to win in just
over two hours, setting up a second
round meeting with Australian
It was the Uzbek s third win in
three matches against fifth-seeded
Kohlschreiber, the 2007 and 2012
There were further upsets when
Germany s Jan-Lennard Struff
defeated sixth-seeded Feliciano
Lopez 6-3, 6-4 and qualifier
Thomaz Bellucci beat No 8 seed
Ivan Dodig 7-6(0), 6-4.
Also, Martin Klizan eased past
Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-2 to set up a sec-
ond round clash with third-seeded
Mikhail Youzhny, and Juergen
Melzer beat wild card Alexander
Zverev by the same score. (AP)
Marathon champion Lilya
Shobukhova has been banned for
two years for blood doping and faces
demands to repay millions of dollars
The Russian athletics federation
said yesterday it banned Shobukhova
until next January for abnormal bio-
logical passport values and stripped
her results from October 9, 2009.
Shobukhova won three times in
Chicago and once in London in that
time, also collecting US$1 million in
prize money as a two-time leader of
the World Marathon Majors rankings.
"Any athlete found guilty of a dop-
ing offence will be required to repay
any prize or appearance money earned
at WMM events including WMM
series prize money," the race organ-
isers group said in a statement.
The 36-year-old Shobukhova s time
of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 20 seconds in
Chicago in 2011 made her the sec-
ond-fastest women s marathon runner
behind record holder Paula Radcliffe
"Lilya Shobukhova finally exposed
as a drug cheat," Radcliffe wrote on
her Twitter account. "Action needs
to be taken to show cheating not
acceptable. Monies won should be
returned and rightful winners recog-
Shobukhova won three straight in
Chicago from 2009 and placed fourth
the following year. In London, she
was third in 2009, won in 2010 and
was second the next year.
Those results lifted her to first place
in the major marathons series to get
the 2009-10 and 2011-12 season titles.
"WMM will continue to hold a
stern line and supports all measures
to ensure the integrity of the athletes
competing in their races," general
counsel Nick Bitel said in a statement.
"Cheats need to understand that they
are not welcome in our sport and that
they will be caught."
Shobukhova enjoyed some success
as a distance runner on the track until
switching to marathons after the 2008
In her profile page on the IAAF
website, Shobukhova is quoted saying
she split with her long-time coach
around that time.
Her husband, Igor Shobukhov, took
over as coach despite being "the most
inexperienced---he had never before
coached professional athletes," the
Shobukhova can appeal the sanc-
Lilya Shobukhova, of Russia, celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the
women's division of the Chicago Marathon in Chicago on October 9, 2011.
prize money up
more than 10%
Kohlschreiber knocked out in 1st round
Chicago Marathon winner
Shobukhova gets doping ban
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