Wimbledon 2015: Novak Djokovic could net record £1.88m prize if he defends men’s singles title

Wimbledon tennis single champions will net a colossal £1.88m in prize money during this year’s tournament – the highest ever in professional tennis.

Building on what the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) described as ‘very significant increases’ in prize money over the past three years competitors at The Championships 2015 will receive a total of £26.75m – an increase of 7% over 2014.

Doubles will enjoy a 5% increase in prize money with wheelchair doubles winners now landing an average increase rise of 28%.

AELTC chairman Philip Brook said: “After announcing record prize money in 2013 and 2014 at £26.75m Wimbledon prize money will again be the highest prize money in professional tennis.”

Other conference announcements included the fact that The Championships will be held on week later than usual to extend the period between Roland Garros and Wimbledon to three weeks to allow players more time for rest and recuperation.

Players will also get the opportunity to enjoy a dedicated facility in the Aorangi Pavilion including new ice baths and additional private physiotherapy and massage space.

The news comes just days after AELTC announced that they were banning selfie sticks from tennis matches due to ‘nuisance value’ but ‘primarily so it doesn’t interfere with spectators’ enjoyment’.

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