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Murray pushing for more Wimbledon pay

ESPN staff
April 16, 2012
Andy Murray is sporting a new haircut in Monte Carlo ahead of the Masters tournament © Getty Images

Andy Murray wants Wimbledon organisers to follow the lead set by the French Open and give players a bigger slice of the cash.

The sport's biggest names have called for a pay rise at the grand slams, and Roland Garros chiefs have responded by paying first-round losers 20% more than last year.

And Murray, who is sporting a new shaved haircut ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters this week, reckons the All England Club will increase its prize money, with talk of a strike lingering.

"I'd be surprised if they don't," Murray said. "Each slam wants to be the biggest on the calendar so it'd be hard to see one increasing the money and others not following. For some people, tennis can be just a five or six-year career.

"A lot of talk about striking and boycotting came from guys who were ranked between 20 and 100. They were unhappy with the way the prize money was distributed. Hopefully, next year it will be throughout the tournament, not just the first rounds."

Murray will open up his Monte Carlo Masters challenge in the second round against either Viktor Troicki or Jean-Rene Lisnard.

Men's rankings: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 2. Rafael Nadal (SPA), 3. Roger Federer (SWI), 4. Andy Murray (GBR), 5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 6. David Ferrer (SPA), 7. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 8. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB), 9. John Isner (USA), 10. Mardy Fish (USA)

Women's rankings: 1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR), 2. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 3. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 5. Sam Stosur (AUS), 6. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 7. Marion Bartoli (FRA), 8. Li Na (CHN), 9. Serena Williams (USA), 10. Vera Zvonareva (RUS).

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