AELTC to distribute 2020 Wimbledon prize money among 620 players

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2020

The annual tennis tournament was canceled this year due to coronavirus concerns, but that hasn't stopped the royal super-fan from breaking out her Wimbledon wardrobe.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which organises Wimbledon, has made a decision to distribute prize money to 620 players whose world ranking would have enabled them to get a direct entry in the main draw or the qualifying event in the 2020 edition of the championships, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The venue has reportedly had pandemic insurance for the last 17 years and got a large pay-out when it canceled the event.

In addition 120 players who would have competed in the main draw of the doubles will each get £6,250; 16 players who would have competed in the wheelchair events will receive £6,000; and four players who would have played the quad Wheelchair events will each receive £5,000. The tennis star then joined the video call, and answered some of the youngsters' questions, like why he'd chosen tennis as a career ("It was one of the few things I was good at, really; but I did because I enjoyed it, and I had fun doing it, so I've been very lucky").

The club announced it had also worked with the governing body for tennis in Britain to provide a payment to licensed officials who would have worked at Wimbledon this year.

"Immediately following the cancellation of The Championships, we turned our attention to how we could assist those who help make Wimbledon happen", Richard Lewis CBE, AELTC Chief Executive, said.

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The player was asked why that he picked tennis as a vocation, whether that he remembered his first tennis match and comebacks from hard times.

The men's singles seedings will revert to the world rankings at next year's Wimbledon, after nearly two decades of being based on grass-court form, organisers announced yesterday. These efforts have actually consisted of the Wimbledon Foundation's ₤ 1.2 million COVID-19 fund to support charities dealing with the crisis action and healing, the contributions of strawberries, towels and balls planned for The Championships 2020, the circulation of everyday hot meals to those in requirement in the regional neighborhood.

The AELTC said it was now examining scenarios which would allow it to safely hold the 2021 event.

The organisers have also said no public ballot will be created for next year's season and ticket holders from this season will be able to get them transferred and be able to watch the next season's match on the same day from the same court.

"There will be no change to the method of seeding for the Ladies' singles draw".

Next year's tournament is scheduled to take place from June 28 to July 11.

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