French Open Champions to Get $1.9 Million Each in Prize Money

The winners of next month’s French Open will receive 1.8 million euros ($1.9 million) each, a 9 percent increase from last year, the French tennis federation said.

French Open organizers raised its total prize money 12 percent to 28 million euros, the group known as FFT said in e-mailed statement.

That compares with a record A$40 million ($30 million) at this year’s Australian Open and $40.8 million at the 2014 U.S. Open. Wimbledon will announce its prize money later this month.

The FFT reserved its biggest pay increases for losers in the first three rounds. An exit in the first round will be rewarded with 27,000 euros, or a 13 percent jump, while second and third-round losers will get as much as 19 percent more.

The increases are part of a four-year plan to boost players’ pay by 10 million euros through 2016, tournament director Gilbert Ysern said in the statement.

Prompted by calls from players for a greater share of Grand Slam revenue as the cost of playing pro tennis increases, the French Open in 2012 became the first major to significantly boost pay for losers in the qualifying tournament as well as the early rounds of the main draw. The other three majors have since followed.

The French Open, won last year by Rafael Nadal of Spain and Maria Sharapova of Russia, starts on May 24 at Roland Garros in Paris.

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