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TENNIS: Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal has been acclaimed for his support of the world's top tennis tournament.

The world No.1 will pick up pounds 850,000, an increase of pounds 100,000 on last year, if he successfully defends his crown in July and All England club chairman Tim Phillips insists he would be worth every penny.

Phillips believes Nadal has put to shame the players who specialise on clay but each year dodge the grass court season and Wimbledon, in particular.

Phillips said: "It reflects enormous credit on Rafa.

One or two others have tended to cop out. They have got disproportionate points on clay and regarded grass as an inconvenience.

"He has shown if you can play on clay you can play on anything. I really take my hat off to him. The game at the moment is blessed with some of the ambassadors it has."
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