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TENNIS: Wimbledon purses on the rise

on May 01, 2014 10:20 AM

LONDON (AP) — Total prize money for this year’s Wimbledon tournament will reach 25 million pounds ($42 million), an increase of 10.8 percent that will mostly favor the early-round losers.

The All England Club said that the men’s and women’s singles champions will each receive 1.76 million pounds ($2.9 million), a 10 percent increase on last year’s top prize.

• UNDATED — Serena Williams’ father said he “would never go back” to Indian Wells, Calif., the site of a tournament his daughter has skipped since 2001, when they were booed — and subjected to racial epithets, according to his new book.

Richard Williams said it’s up to Serena whether to play there again.

His book, “Black and White: The Way I See It,” comes out May 6. It details how Indian Wells, in his words, “disgraced America.”

• MUNICH (AP) — Two-time former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber was knocked out in the first round of the BMW Open after losing 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to Denis Istomin, of Uzbekistan, on Tuesday.

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