Paris | French Open increases prize money, but not for the champions

The French Open, which starts at Roland Garros in Paris on Sunday 22 May, is increasing its prize money by nearly 7% from 2019 to €43.6 million, which is about $46 million, with an increase of 35% for players who lose in the first round of singles.

The singles champions, however, will each receive slightly less than they did 3 years ago at the last pre-pandemic clay court Grand Slam, and will earn €2.2 million each, which is down from €2.3 million in 2019.

Compared with last year, when the coronavirus pandemic led to limits on attendance at Roland Garros, total prize money is increasing from €34.4 million, and €1.4 million for the singles champions.

First-round losers in singles will receive €62,000 this time round, a jump from €46,000 in 2019.

In all, when compared with 2019, the singles purse goes up nearly 1.5% and the doubles prizes rise by about 6%.

Players in qualifying rounds will see an increase of about 65% in available money over 2019, and 30% over last year.

The French Tennis Federation said the increases for first-round singles matches and qualifying are ‘designed to help the players who have suffered the most’ financially because of the pandemic.

Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova are the reigning champions in Paris.

Barbora Krejcikova won the women's title at Roland Garros last year

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