(April 29, 2014) WIMBLEDON – The AELTC announced the continuing development plans and prize money for the 2014 Championships in their annual Spring Press Conference on Tuesday.
They are continuing with their focus of the last few years on recognizing the lower tiers of the competitors, the overall prize pot has risen by £2.4m (10.8%) to a prize fund of £25m. First round losers, for example, will now pocket £27K in prize money in recognition of reaching a Grand Slam main draw.
The increases continue for all those who reach the last 16 and further, and for the Gentlemen’s and Ladies Champions, there is a check for £1.76m this year (£160K increase from 2013).
This year courts 14 and 15 will be out of commission, with 17 courts in play and the focus is definitely on continuation of the next phase of their long term plan, with more space being created for ball-boys and ball-girls and a new 24-hour media restaurant,
The Court 1 development will see proposals including a new fixed and retractable roof, an additional 900 seats and a public plaza. The proposals are subject to planning approval ad the scheduled completion date is still 2019.
In 2015 the dates of The Championship will move back to 29 June – 12 July 2015, creating a three-week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon with a restructured calendar for ATP and WTA events.
Wildcards will be announced from Monday, June 9, and qualification will take place between June 16-19.
The seedings will be announced on Wednesday, June 18 at 10am and it is expected that the seedings formula will have a significant impact on the positioning of defending champion Andy Murray, current World No. 2 Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The Wimbledon draw will take place on Friday, June 20 at 10am.