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  • 17 Jul
    LONDON -- Total prize money for this years Wimbledon tournament will reach 25 million pounds ($42 million), an increase of 10. [b]Lonnie Johnson Jersey[/b] .8 per cent that will mostly favour the early-round losers. The All England Club said Tuesday that the mens and womens singles champions will each receive 1.76 million pounds ($2.9 million), a 10 per cent increase on last years top prize won by Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli. By comparison, this years French Open champions will receive 1.65 million euros ($2.3 million) while Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na earned $2.65 million for their wins at the Australian Open in January. U.S. Open organizers have yet to announce the prize money for this years tournament. The main increases at Wimbledon are for the early losers, with players who fail to get past the third round receiving prize money worth 12.5 per cent more than in 2013. "Weve placed emphasis on the large group of players who need our help the most, those players who lose in qualifying and in the early rounds of the championships," Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook said. "We also had an eye to being competitive internationally, and we do keep our watch on what is going on in other tennis events and in particular the other Grand Slams." The grass-court Grand Slam will be played from June 23-July 6. In keeping with player demands for a larger slice of Grand Slam revenues, all four majors have greatly increased their prize money in the past two years, with Wimbledon offering the biggest amount following a record 40 per cent increase last year. The French Open now offers more than 25 million euros ($34.5 million) while the U.S. Open increased its purse to $34.3 million and the Australian Open went up to AU$33 million ($31 million). The Wimbledon prize money for the majority of singles players who lose in the first three rounds of the grass-court tournament has been increased by more than 100 per cent over a three-year period. The main increase this year is for first-round losers, with each receiving 27,000 pounds ($45,450), 14.9 per cent more than last year. "This year weve got a very generous increase once again," Brook said. "We wanted to build on the focus from 2012 and 2013." There will also be an increase of 8.7 per cent in prize money for doubles and a 6.1 per cent increase for mixed doubles. In all, an extra 2.4 million pounds ($4 million) is up for grabs compared to last year. Brook said plans to build a retractable roof on Court No. 1 are still on track pending planning approval, with an application to be submitted later this year. The roof, similar to the one on Centre Court, should be completed in 2019, and court capacity will be increased by 900 seats to 12,400. Brook also confirmed the tournament will start a week later in 2015 to create a three-week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon, with the mens final on July 12. "Hopefully with the extra week more players will be encouraged to compete on grass," Brook said. Seedings for this years tournament will be announced on June 18. Brook said defending champion Murray, who has slipped to eighth in the rankings, will stay among the top seeds thanks to his strong record on grass over the past two years. Wimbledons seeding order is determined using the ATP rankings and points are added for achievements in grass-court tournaments in the past 12 months. "And we add to that 75 per cent of the best-performing tournament in the previous year," Brook said. "For Andy Murray, as the winner of Queens last year and the winner here last year, and a finalist here in 2012, there will be a significant impact on him." Brooks said the seedings will also have "significant impact" on seven-time champion Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Brook said. Brook did not comment on speculation of a possible return to competition by Bartoli ahead of Wimbledon. The 29-year-old Frenchwoman retired suddenly after a loss at Cincinnati last August, explaining that her body could no longer take the strain after 14 years as a pro. When asked if her entourage had been in touch recently and if Bartoli would be granted a wild card if she asked for one, Brook said: "The rumours in France have not reached London yet, so well wait and see." [b]J.J. Watt Texans Jersey[/b] . He will play 10th-seeded Feliciano Lopez in Sundays final, after the Spanish left-hander defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 6-4. [b]DeAndre Hopkins Youth Jersey[/b] . Shot outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Banff, Alta., the networks 30-minute original production airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET on TSN2. The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre.James Davies will make his 50th appearance for the Scarlets in Saturdays Welsh derby against the Dragons. Leinster host Munster at the Aviva Stadium, live on Sky Sports 1, while Glasgow Warriors travel to Parma to face winless Zebre.Leinster v Munster (2.05pm, Sky Sports 1 HD) Click here for full match preview.Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Rory OLoughlin, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Isa Nacewa (c), 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Luke McGrath; 1 Cian Healy, 2 Sean Cronin, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Devin Toner, 5 Ian Nagle, 6 Rhys Ruddock, 7 Jordi Murphy, 8 Jamie Heaslip.Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Mike Ross, 19 Ross Molony, 20 Dan Leavy, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Noel Reid.Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Ronan OMahony, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Conor Murray; 1 Dave Kilcoyne, 2 Niall Scannell, 3 John Ryan, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 5 Billy Holland, 6 Peter OMahony (c), 7 Tommy ODonnell, 8 CJ Stander.Replacements: 16 Duncan Casey, 17 James Cronin, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Robin Copeland, 20 Jack ODonoghue, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Jaco Taute.Zebre v Glasgow Warriors (5.05pm UK time) Ryan Wilson skippers Glasgow in Italy Ryan Wilson returns to captain Glasgow in Parma with lock Robert McAlpine handed his first Warriors start.Sean Lamont and Lee Jones are named on the wings while Sam Johnson and Nick Grigg form a new centre pairing. Brothers Zander and Matt Fagerson could play together for the Warriors for the first time as both are named on the bench.Zebre make seven changes to the side that was crushed by Munster last weekend. Six of those come in the pack as captain George Biagi and Joshua Furno form a new second-row partnership, while Oliviero Fabiani starts at hooker.Zebre: 15 Edoardo Padovani, 14 Lloyd Greeff, 13 Giulio Bisegni, 12 Tommaso Castello, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Guglielmo Palazzani; 1 Andrea Lovotti, 2 Oliviero Fabiani, 3 Pietro Ceccarelli, 4 Joshua Furno, 5 George Biagi (c), 6 Maxime Mbanda, 7 Johan Meyer, 8 Andries Van Schalkwyk.Replacements: 16 Carlo Festuccia, 17 Bruno Postiglioni, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 Quintin Geldenhuys, 20 Federico Ruzza, 21 Marcello Violi, 22 Tommaso Boni, 23 Kayle Van Zyl.Glasgow Warriors: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Ali Price; 1 Gordon Reid, 2 Corey Flynn, 3 Sila Puafisi, 4 Robert Harleyy, 5 Robert McAlpine, 6 Josh Strauss, 7 Fraser Brown, 8 Ryan Wilson (c) . [b]Lonnie Johnson Womens Jersey[/b]. Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Djustice Sears-Duru, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Callum Hunter-Hill, 20 Matt Fagerson, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Stuart Hogg, 23 Leonardo Sarto.Scarlets v Newport Gwent Dragons (7.35pm) Aled Davis (right) starts at scrum-half for the Scarlets Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac makes two changes to the side that beat Treviso as Aled Davies enters at scrum-half and Morgan Allen is preferred to John Barclay at No 8.Olympic silver medallist James Davies makes his 50th appearance with Scarlets as the region seek a third consecutive victory.Wales international Tom Prydie makes his first start for the Dragons after recovering from injury while former Scarlet Adam Warren partners Jack Dixon in midfield.Charlie Davies is preferred to Sarel Pretorius at scrum-half with skipper Lewis Evans moving to blindside flanker to accommodate Ed Jacksons inclusion at No 8. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 DTH van der Merwe, 13 Hadleigh Parkes, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Aled Davies; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens (c), 3 Samson Lee, 4 Lewis Rawlins, 5 David Bulbring, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 James Davies, 8 Morgan Allen.Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Luke Garrett, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Rynier Bernardo, 20 John Barclay, 21 Jonathan Evans, 22 Dan Jones, 23 Steff Hughes.Newport Gwent Dragons: 15 Tom Prydie, 14 Pat Howard, 13 Adam Warren, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Charlie Davies; 1 Sam Hobbs, 2 Rhys Buckley, 3 Brok Harris, 4 Nick Crosswell, 5 Cory Hill, 6 Lewis Evans (c), 7 Nic Cudd, 8 Ed Jackson. Replacements: 16 Darran Harris, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Ollie Griffiths, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Angus OBrien, 23 Sam Beard.You can watch Champions Cup Rugby, Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! 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