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Women Tennis Champions Awarded Less Money Than Men

Women champions of the prestigious Wimbledon tennis tournament will receive less prize money than the men champions. Wimbledon chairman John Curry announced a 4.7 percent increase in the prize, up to 435,000 pounds ($728,643) for men and 391,500 ($655,779) for women. Curry said that women’s tennis has less depth and that fans prefer men’s tennis. “We can’t on a commercial basis meet them on this,” he said.

Male winners of the French Open tennis tournament will receive 3,852,000 francs ($641,000), while women will receive 3,624,000 ($604,000) in prize money. The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tennis tournament to award equal prize money to men and women.

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Reuters - April 29, 1998

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