Wimbledon was hailed as ‘a class act’ on Friday after the tournament agreed to award 10 million pounds in prize money to the 620 players who would have taken part in the tournament had it not been cancelled.
“Amazing news -- always a class act and leader of our sport. Well done @Wimbledon – can’t wait to be back next year,” tweeted former world number one and four-time major singles winner Kim Clijsters.
Wimbledon, which should have staged its finals this weekend, was in April cancelled for the first time since the Second World War due to the coronavirus crisis.
“We know these months of uncertainty have been very worrying for the players, many of whom have faced financial difficulty during this period and who would have quite rightly anticipated the opportunity to earn prize money at Wimbledon based on their world ranking,” said All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis. Organisers will also distribute money to officials and some international umpires.