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Eighth-placed tennis star Andy Murray to get top-end seeding for Wimbledon

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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Andy Murray's slip to eighth in the men's tennis world rankings will not dent his top-end seeding at Wimbledon, according to tournament bosses.

All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chairman Philip Brook said reigning Wimbledon champion Murray's strong two-year grass court record will keep him among the top seeds.

High-calibre grass exponents like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic can also expect to benefit from Wimbledon's seeding system.

Wimbledon bosses also defended hiking prize money for first-round losers by nearly 15 per cent to £27,000.

Total prize money for Wimbledon has risen by 10.8 per cent from last year to £25 million, with the winners of the men's singles and women's singles each taking £1.76 million, up from last year's £1.6 million.

Brook said Murray is likely to remain among the tournament's top seeds, despite battling for form after persistent back trouble.

"We have a surfaced-based seeding system here at Wimbledon," said Brook.

"So we take the ranking points of each player, and add to that the ranking points they hypothetically received last year on grass, and we add to that 75 per cent of the best-performing tournament in the previous year.

"So to put it into context for Andy Murray, as winner of Queen's last year and winner here last year, and a finalist here in 2012, there will be a significant impact on him.

"There will also be quite a significant impact on Federer and Djokovic; there will be some adjustment."

AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis said any Wimbledon qualifier ranks among the sport's world elite and merits increased reward.

Lewis criticised the idea that players would be content to take the increased first-round loser pay cheques over battling to progress in the tournament.

"I slightly take issue with the notion that players will turn up and lose," said Lewis.

"I have to make the point that the players have worked hard to get there, either they have got into the championships through their ranking, so that's 12 months of play before. Or there are some wild cards.

"So to portray it as £27,000 for turning up and doing nothing, I don't think that's valid."

He said there was also the cost having a trainer and a coach on the tour to consider.

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