Wimbledon hailed as ‘class act’ for £10m prize money gesture

first_img Read Also: Usain Bolt says open to comeback — if coach asks “From The Championships 2021, seeding for the Gentlemen’s singles draw will be based solely on ranking. “There will be no change to the method of seeding for the Ladies’ singles draw.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Wimbledon was hailed as “a class act” on Friday after the tournament agreed to award £10 million in prize money to the 620 players who would have taken part in the tournament had it not been cancelled. The All England Club said that based on world rankings, 224 players who would have competed in qualifying will each receive £12,500 while the 256 players who would have featured in main draw singles will get £25,000. In doubles, it will be £6,250, for wheelchair events, the sum would be £6,000 per player, with £5,000 for quad wheelchair competitors. Wimbledon hailed as ‘class act’ for £10 million prize money gesture “Amazing news — always a class act and leader of our sport. Well done @Wimbledon – can’t wait to be back next year,” tweeted former world number one and four-time major singles winner Kim Clijsters. Wimbledon, which should have staged its finals this weekend, was in April cancelled for the first time since the Second World War due to the coronavirus crisis. “We know these months of uncertainty have been very worrying for the players, many of whom have faced financial difficulty during this period and who would have quite rightly anticipated the opportunity to earn prize money at Wimbledon based on their world ranking,” said All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis. “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.” Organisers will also distribute money to officials and some international umpires.” “Just when you thought you couldn’t love @Wimbledon any more….,” tweeted Britain’s Marcus Willis, who famously reached the second round in 2016, where he lost to Roger Federer. Willis was ranked 772 in the world at the time having played six rounds of qualifying.center_img His £50,000 prize money doubled his entire career earnings. Meanwhile, the men’s singles seedings will revert to the world rankings at next year’s Wimbledon, after almost two decades of being based on grass-court form. The All England Club said they had taken the decision after consultations with various player groups. Next year’s Wimbledon will run from June 28 to July 11. “Given the quality of competition, entertainment and modern grass courts, following detailed discussion with the player groups, the AELTC has decided that the grass court seeding formula used since 2002 has served its time,” they said in a statement.last_img read more

What to know about Syracuse’s 2nd round ACC tournament opponent: North Carolina

first_imgNo.6-seeded Syracuse (17-14, 10-10 Atlantic Coast) starts its ACC tournament gauntlet against North Carolina (14-18, 6-14) in the Greensboro Coliseum. SU would’ve played Pittsburgh had the Orange won their regular-season finale against Miami. The No. 14 Tar Heels toppled Virginia Tech in the first round on Tuesday night.Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. The team that wins will face-off against No. 3 Louisville on March 12 at 9 p.m. All-time series: Syracuse trails, 13-4, and has lost the last nine matchups. Last time they played: In front of a star-studded crowd, Cole Anthony led UNC to a 92-79 win on Feb. 29 in the Carrier Dome. The potential top-NBA Draft pick scored 25 points on seven 3-pointers, five of which came in the second half. Garrison Brooks led all scorers with 26 points. Buddy Boeheim scored 22 points for SU and Bourama Sidibe posted a double-double (17 points, 15 rebounds). The Tar Heels report: Head coach Roy Williams called the 2019-20 Tar Heels “the least gifted team I’ve ever coached in the time that I’ve been back here,” on Jan. 7. Yet, North Carolina bounced back from a horrid start to win four of its last five. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince beating SU, UNC’s bested Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. It last lost at Cameron Indoor to rival Duke. Per KenPom, the Tar Heels rank 62nd in adjusted-offensive efficiency and 89th in the defensive counterpart. Anthony leads UNC in scoring (19.1 points per game) while shooting 35.6% from behind the arc. In his last two games, however, he’s shot 7-for-24 for 19 combined points. Brooks has recently spearheaded UNC’s offense, scoring 46 points in that same timeframe. North Carolina is still on-pace to miss its first NCAA Tournament since 2010 but has become a trendy-pick for a run in the conference tournament. How Syracuse beats North Carolina: SU needs to secure its 3-point defense first and foremost. It has allowed 40 3-pointers in its last three games, including a program-high 19 at Boston College on March 3. Anthony splintered the 2-3 zone with his passing and shooting in the first meeting between the sides and could do it again in Greensboro. Offensively, Syracuse needs to find its own 3-point success. It hasn’t converted more than eight deep balls since Jan. 11 against Virginia. The correlative offensive dip has sunk SU at times, and it’ll rely on recent-ACC first-team selection Elijah Hughes. The redshirt-junior banged his head against Sidibe’s knee against Miami on March 10 and was “blurry” according to head coach Jim Boeheim. Hughes is reportedly ready-to-go for Wednesday night’s matchup, Boeheim announced on Tuesday.  Stat to know: 35.3 — North Carolina’s offensive-rebound percentage, which ranks 12th in the country. UNC totaled 13 offensive boards in the Dome earlier this season.KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 54% chance to win the game, with a projected final score of 76-75. Player to watch: Brandon Robinson, guard, No. 4The senior hit five 3s against the Hokies on Tuesday night and leads UNC in 3-point percentage (37.6%) and deep-makes (59). If SU’s defense starts to break down, look for Robinson to be a main benefactor.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 11, 2020 at 12:33 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more