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Record prizes but no selfie sticks for Wimbledon tennis championships

June 29, 2015 - UNITED KINGDOM

Wimbledon 2015 sees bigger prize money, a ban on selfie sticks and the men's and women's defending champions each aiming for a third title.

Serb national Novak Djokovic and Czech national Petra Kvitova, who each won in 2014 and 2011 - or the players who vanquish them - will win UK £1.88 million each. The figure represents an increase of UK £120,000 on 2014.

Selfie sticks hold a smartphone or camera overhead for taking a self portrait. Wimbledon is not alone in banning the holders because of what is described as their nuisance value. The National Gallery in London placed the devices in the same category as tripods, which were already prohibited. They have also been banned at the Palace of Versailles in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome and the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC.

The overall prize fund at the All England Club will rise from UK £25 million to UK £26.75 million, a 7 per cent increase year on the year. The Wimbledon prize hike maintains the competition's status as the highest-paying in tennis.

Former Wimbledon winners are among the players intent on depriving Djokovic and Kvitova of hat tricks. Switzerland's Roger Federer, Djokovic's runner-up in 2014, and Spain's Rafael Nadal have seen their rankings drop, and a new Wimbledon win would send either champion back to the top. Kvitova's barrier to making her way to the 11-Wimbledon wins of fellow Czech, Martina Navratilova, is likely to come from Wimbledon champion Serena Williams of the United States. Williams has had an exceptional year.

All England Tennis Club news

Wimbledon prize money increases by £120,000 for singles (BBC 28 Apr 2015)

Wimbledon: Selfie sticks banned from tennis championship (BBC 27 Apr 2015)

Infographic: Wimbledon Prize money boost (Graphic News)

Date written/update: 2015-04-29