After years of debate, The Wimbledon Championships has finally ceded to the pressure and announced that it is to hand men and women equal prize money for the first time at this year’s tournament.
The decision from the All England Lawn Tennis Club, which runs the championships, brings Wimbledon into line with all the other Grand Slams on the annual calendar.
The WTA and leading players of both genders have long fought to achieve financial parity at Wimbledon – a request that the AELTC had hitherto refused to grant.
The All England Club had previously defended the difference by saying that women had best-of-three-set matches while the men had best-of-five contests.
At this year’s tournament however equal rewards will be offered across the board, from the champions down to the first-round losers in all events.
This system sees Wimbledon adopt the same financial incentives as the US and Australian Opens leaving the French Open, which only offers equal pay to the champions, as the only Grand Slam event not to offer parity all the way down the draw.