With both the women’s and men’s singles winners to earn 1.65 million Euros at this years French Open tennis championships, the prize money total will be increased by 10% for 24 million Euros or 34.5 million US$. “This considerable increase in the prize money for Roland-Garros is in line with the four-year plan drawn up for the period 2013 to 2016,” said tournament director Gilbert Ysern. While the winners’ prizes were increased by 10 percent, early losers, who fail to progress beyond the second, third and fourth rounds will receive 20 to 25 percent more prize money than in 2013. The prize money of this year’s Australian Open was 33 million Australian dollars (approx. 30.98 million US$), while that of last year’s Wimbledon All England Championships and the U.S. Open was 22.56 million Pound Sterling (approx. 37.7 million US$) respectively 33.6 million U.S. Dollars.
This article was published with permission from Karl-Heinz Huba, the editor and publisher of The Sport Intern.