Wimbledon will pay out over $12M in prize money to players that qualified for canceled tournament

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Tennis: Wimbledon

Players who qualified for the 2020 edition of Wimbledon will still be paid. The All England Club, which hosts the tournament, announced Friday the 620 players who were set to compete in the now-cancelled 2020 edition of the tournament will share a pot of of $ 12.6 million. 

Per ESPN, here is a breakdown of how payments will be handed out: 

  • 256 players who would have competed in Main Draw Singles will receive $ 31,576 each
  • 224 players who would have competed in Qualifying will receive $ 15,788 each
  • 120 players who would have competed in Main Draw Doubles will receive $ 7,894 each
  • 16 players who would have competed in the Wheelchair events will receive $ 7,578 each
  • Four players who would have competed in the Quad Wheelchair events will receive $ 6,315 each

Wimbledon was scheduled to take place from June 29 to July 12, but was cancelled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike other major tournaments, Wimbledon had invested in pandemic insurance, which allowed them to limit the brunt of the financial impact that comes with the cancellation. 

“We are pleased that our insurance policy has allowed us to recognise the impact of the cancellation on the players and that we are now in a position to offer this payment as a reward for the hard work they have invested in building their ranking to a point where they would have gained direct entry into The Championships 2020,” Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis said in a statement.

This year marks the first time since World War II in 1945 that Wimbledon will not happen.

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