Female tennis players at this year’s Wimbledon Championships will receive equal prize money as male competitors.
Previously, the club has argued that men are paid more due to their matches being generally longer, although the ladies’ prize money has increased progressively over the years.
The total amount of the prize fund has yet to be published, however, the equal pay decision will apply to all prizes, rather than specific titles as is the case in other competitions. Last year, ladies’ singles winner Amelie Mauresmo won £625,000, which was 95% of the money received by men’s winner, Roger Federer.
The All England Club chairman, Tim Phillips, said: "Tennis is one of the few sports in which women and men compete in the same event at the same time. We believe our decision to offer equal prize money provides a boost for the game as a whole and recognises the enormous contribution that women players make to the game and to Wimbledon. We hope it will encourage girls who want a career in sport to choose tennis as their best option."