Total French Open prize money will be around 7% higher this year than it was for the last pre-pandemic edition in 2019 – with a 35% increase for players who lose in the first singles round – but the singles champions will each receive slightly less than three years ago.
The French Tennis Federation announced on Wednesday that it will distribute a total of 43.6 million euros (around $46 million) in 2022.
The clay-court Grand Slam tournament begins on May 22, with Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova as the defending champions.
The winners of the two singles trophies this year will each earn €2.2 million (approximately $2.3 million), up from €2.3 million (approximately $2.4 million) each in 2019.
Compared to last year, when the coronavirus pandemic led to attendance limits at Roland Garros, there is an increase of 34.4 million euros (about $36.5 million) in total prize money and €1.4 million (just under $1.5 million) for the singles champions.
First-round singles losers will receive 62,000 euros (about $65,750) this time around, a jump from 46,000 (about $48,750) in 2019.
In total, compared to 2019, the singles market increased by nearly 1.5% and that of the double by around 6%.
Players in the qualifying rounds will see an increase of around 65% in available money compared to 2019 and 30% compared to last year.
The federation said the raises for first-round singles matches and qualifying “are designed to help those players who have suffered the most” financially due to the pandemic.
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