Wimbledon chiefs have increased the total prize money on offer at the grass-court tournament to £16.1 million in a bid to satisfy calls for a fairer distribution of the wealth at Grand Slams.

There has been growing unrest among players that too much of the prize money on offer at the four majors went to the top stars, who routinely reach the lucrative later stages, at the expense of the lower-ranked competitors.

The All England Club officials entered into talks with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray — the top four in the men's rankings — to debate the problem at the Indian Wells event earlier this year.

And Wimbledon has responded to the big four's demands with a 10 per cent increase of £1.5 million on the 2011 total prize money in a bid to ease the lower players' complaints that the cost of living on tour wasn't matched by the rewards on offer at tournaments.

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