French Open 2018: Singles champions to win record $2.7 million each; overall prize money to increase by 10%

The singles champions at this year's French Open will receive $2.7 million, tournament director Guy Forget announced on Tuesday.

AFP March 21, 2018 22:02:03 IST
French Open 2018: Singles champions to win record $2.7 million each; overall prize money to increase by 10%

Paris: The singles champions at this year's French Open will receive €2.2 million ($2.7 million), up €100,000 from 2017, tournament director Guy Forget announced on Tuesday.

French Open 2018 Singles champions to win record 27 million each overall prize money to increase by 10

The French Open men's singles trophy. Image courtesy: Twitter @RolandGarros

The overall prize money will increase by around 10 percent, rising from €36 million last year to €39.2 million.

Forget added that money for qualifying and first-round losers would again increase, with €40,000 for players who fall in the opening round -- 5,000 euros more than 2017.

Despite the changes, the French Open still offers less prize money than other Grand Slam tournaments, after the Australian Open in January also increased prize money 10 percent with the champions claiming a record four million Australian dollars (€2.5 million).

Wimbledon winners Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza each took home £2.2 million (€2.51 million) last year, while US Open champions Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens won $3.7 million (€3 million) apiece.

The 2018 French Open will run from 21 May to 10 June at Roland Garros in Paris.

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