Wimbledon 2016: Champions to get $2.9M cash bonanza

    Story highlights

    • Wimbledon singles champions to net $2.9M
    • Prize money for winners up by 6.4%
    • Season's third slam starts June 27

    (CNN)The world's top tennis players will compete for a bumper $2.9 million after Wimbledon hiked its top prize ahead of the prestigious grass-court tournament.

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams took home $2.75 million each in 2015 after winning the respective men's and women's singles titles.
      The top-ranked duo are hot favorites to retain their crowns and pick up an extra 6.4% in prize money this year.
      Wimbledon, whose total prize fund has been increased by 5% to $41.1 million, is the second-most lucrative grand slam in the calendar.
      The U.S. Open leads the way, with each winner taking home $3.3 million. In contrast, the winners of the Australian Open net $2.98 million, and the French Open rewards victors with $2.26 million.
      Wimbledon also announced it will be unveiling increased anti-doping measures as well as stricter monitoring and analysis.
      The season's third of four grand slam tournaments will also significantly boost total prize money for wheelchair players to $292,500 -- up from $93,600 last year.
      Serena and Novak look back at Wimbledon 2015
      Serena and Novak look back at Wimbledon 2015

        JUST WATCHED

        Serena and Novak look back at Wimbledon 2015

      MUST WATCH

      Serena and Novak look back at Wimbledon 2015 02:52