Wimbledon: Williams Sisters, Federer, Qurrey Each Rakes In £250,000 Peter Edema | Independent Newspapers Limited
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Wimbledon: Williams Sisters, Federer, Qurrey Each Rakes In £250,000 Peter Edema

Posted: Jul 5, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Peter Edema
Lagos – The quartet of Roger Federer, Sam Qerrey and the William sisters, Serena and Venus, have each won £250,000 for reaching the quarter-final of the 2016 Wimbledon championships.
For qualifying for the quarter-finals of the ongoing Wimbledon championships, World number 3, Roger Federer and Sam Querrey, who sent World number 1,Novak Djokovic, packing in the third round,have each guaranteed themselves £250,000, being their prize money should any of them fail to go past this stage.
Also in the Women’s singles, the Williams’ sisters, Serena and Venus, have each won the same amount having also qualified for the quarter-final of the championships.
Federer beat Steve Johnson of the US 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 to reach his 14th Wimbledon quarter-final and tied Martina Navratilova’s all-time Grand Slam record of 306 match wins.
Federer, the third seed, next takes on Croatia’s Marin Cilic for a place in the semi-finals.
Cilic, the ninth seeded Croatian, progressed to his third Wimbledon quarter-final when Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori pulled out of their last-16 clash with a rib injury in the second set.
Querrey beat Nicolas Mahut to reach his first Grand Slam last-eight and will play either Canada’s Milos Raonic or David Goffin of Belgium for a place in the semi-finals.
£500,000 awaits each semi-finalist in both men and women, while each of the finalists is guaranteed £1 million with the winners each winning £2 million.
Meanwhile, a ticket to watch the men’s singles final at Wimbledon this year will cost £2,667 – up by more than half on the price last year.
Anyone who failed to get a ticket at a modest £66 in the hugely oversubscribed annual public ballot has little alternative but to shell out. In reality, it makes tickets available only to companies with a massive budget for corporate entertaining.
This year, the club has reserved 2,071 of the 13,813 seats on Centre Court and Number One Court for the debenture system. Last year, such seats sold on Centre Court for £1,540.
Debentures allow a few exceptionally wealthy fans, but more usually businesses, to buy a seat on the Centre or Number One Court for five years.
A spokesman for Sportsworld, Wimbledon’s official ticket agent, said: ‘This year, interest has been higher than ever. All our tickets for the women’s final have sold. They were £1,510. All we have left are for the men’s final, which are £2,270 plus VAT.
This does include executive parking, a champagne and canapes reception, an a la carte lunch, full afternoon tea with strawberries and cream at a private table for two and access to a complimentary bar.”
A spokeswoman for Wimbledon said: “Without the financial returns of the debenture system few, if any, of the capital projects at Wimbledon would have been possible.”
However, you can enjoy the magic of Wimbledon without a bank loan. Each day, 6,000 outer-court tickets are available at the turnstiles, priced at £12, with a further 500 for Centre Court and 500 for Number One Court. But be prepared to queue.