Wimbledon Head Calls For ATP, WTA To Follow Suit With Slams, Raise Payouts
All England Club Chair Philip Brook has "given the clearest indication that the four grand-slam tournaments have 'done their bit' by agreeing to extravagant increases in prize money" and that the ATP and WTA "need to make a greater contribution to the future welfare of their players," according to Neil Harman of the LONDON TIMES. Brook said, "The grand slams now account for almost half of all the prize money in professional tennis and the hope is that the rest of the sport will step up now and follow the lead set by Wimbledon and the other three slams." Harman wrote after "a year of munificence" with prize money increases at the Australian Open, the French Open and the U.S. Open, it is "time for someone else to pick up the slack." ATP Board of Directors representative Justin Gimelstob has been a "leading advocate for a greater spread of the wealth from the grand slams and recognizes that his own organisation must respond in turn." Gimelstob Wednesday said, "I am probably as proud of what we have achieved with our partners at the grand slams as anything in my career. But I agree 100 percent that we now have to look to our own backyard" (LONDON TIMES, 4/25).