With supporters filling Roland Garros once more organisers have been able to increase the prize money on offer at the French Open.
The pandemic saw a reduction in prize money in 2020 and 2021 given the grand slam was only able to operate with a limited capacity, which prompted a downturn in revenue.
This was evident when Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova each pocketed £1.1m after winning the singles last year, a tidy sum but considerably down on the £2m the 2019 winners received.
This time around, the men’s and women’s singles champions will receive £1.87m (€2.2m), which is slightly less than three years ago, but that is down to organisers wanting to spread the wealth.
“The increase in prize money for the first round of the singles main draws and the qualifying competitions is designed to help the players who have suffered the most as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the French Tennis Federation said in a statement.
Roland Garros’ overall pot stands at £37m (€43.6m) – a 6.8 per cent increase from 2019 – and a host of Britons benefited from the rise in money for those exiting the tournament early.
Harriet Dart and Heather Watson were both first-round casualties but still picked up a cheque for £53,000.
French Open singles prize money
Exact amounts in euros – figures in pound sterling based on exchange rate at time of writing
- Winner: £1.87m (€2.2m)
- Finalist: £937,000 (€1.1m)
- Semi-finalist: £511,000 (€600,000)
- Quarter-finalist: £324,000 (€380,000)
- Round of 16: £187,000 (€220,000)
- Round of 32: £107,000 (€125,800)
- Round of 64: £73,000 (€86,000)
- Round of 128: £53,000 (€62,000)
Meanwhile, Emma Raducanu and Dan Evans both lost in the second round, which earned them £73,000 each.
And finally, Cam Norrie was the last Brit standing in the singles, but the No 10 seed lost to Karen Khachanov in the third round and so collected £107,000 for his efforts.
Doubles prize money (per team)
- Winner: £494,000 (€580,000)
- Finalist: £247,000 (€290,000)
- Semi-finalist: £124,000 (€146,000)
- Quarter-finalist: £68,000 (€79,500)
- Round of 16: £36,000 (€42,000)
- Round of 32: £21,000 (€25,000)
- Round of 64: £13,000 (€15,500)
The prize money for the doubles events were also increased by six per cent compared to 2019, with the winners splitting £494,000.
The finals take place this weekend, with the women’s singles and men’s doubles final on Saturday, followed by the women’s doubles and men’s singles final on Sunday. The mixed doubles final took place on Thursday.