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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Andy Murray of Great Britain lifts the trophy following victory in the Men's Singles Final against Milos Raonic of Canada on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Joel Drucker: Wimbledon Boosts Prize Money – So Let’s Try This

Earlier this week, Wimbledon announced a hefty increase in prize money. The total purse at this year’s edition of The Championships will be $40.8 million – a 12.5 percent increase over last year (and double what was paid a mere six years ago). The 2017 men’s and women’s singles champions will each receive $2.8 million.

Now, picture this. Each winner has given proper thanks – to the runner-up, to all who bring the tournament to life, to family, friends and others. And then, imagine:

“Wimbledon is the title every tennis player dreams of winning. But I didn’t reach this point on my own. Tennis may be an individual sport, but we play this game in a community. And so, with that communal spirit in mind, I am donating my entire winner’s check to a local tennis organization in my native land.”

To have this happen at Wimbledon would be amazing. Think of what could be accomplished. Think also of the potential ripple effect – perhaps throughout tennis, perhaps throughout other sports.

We’ll settle for ten percent.

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