Wimbledon has decided to distribute the prize money from this year’s cancelled edition among the 620 tennis players who could have entered the event, including the qualifiers.
It is about 10 million pounds!
The organization says that the consequences for the tournament cancelled due to the corona crisis are natural to estimate, partly because the case has been settled with insurance.
“We want to help as many people as possible now that we can,” said Wimbledon CEO Richard Lewis. “This also includes players. It is an uncertain time for them, and some are struggling financially.”
The distribution takes place between all potential participants, men, women, doubles players and wheelchair tennis players.
For the time being, Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam to be cancelled this year. The US Open will still take place in New York, followed by Roland Garros.
The Paris tournament has shifted for several months. The Australian Open was already in January before the world became gripped by the new coronavirus.