The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has announced that the total prize money of this year’s French Open will see a raise of four million euros ($4.49 million) compared to that of last year.
“The 2016 Roland Garros tournament will award prize money of 32,017,500 euros in total — a 14 percent increase compared with last year,” read a French Open press release reports Xinhua.
The total prize money was 28,028,600 euros (around $3,15,25,167) for Roland Garros in 2015.
As in last year, the most significant increase concerns players who lose in the second or third round, as well as in the Round of 16: their prize money will increase by nearly 20 percent compared with last year.
“This noticeable increase in prize money at Roland Garros is the final raise mentioned in the four-year plan drawn up for 2013 to 2016,” explained tournament director Guy Forget.
“In total, the tournament’s prize money will have increased by an historic 70 percent during this four-year period, with a particular focus on those players who are eliminated in the first week, who have seen their earnings double,” he added.
Singles champions of this year’s French Open will each earn 2 million euros ($2.24 million) more than last year’s winners the genial Swiss star who is making strides in his own cool way Stanislas Warinka and the number one ranked tennis player on the women’s tour the peerless Serena Williams.
The 2016 Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam of a professional tennis calendar, starts here on May 22. The tournament is the premier clay court tournament in the world . It is is considered one of the toughest by the players who have to contend with slow surface and earning points takes a quite of effort . The play is often marked by long rallies . It is in- fact a feature of the French Open tennis right form the inception. (IANS)