Murray praises French Open on raise in prize money
Roland Garros organizers said last Friday that the overall purse for the tournament is going up by 7 percent to $24.6 million. The men’s and women’s singles champions will each receive $1.64 million, an increase of 4.17 percent.
Proportionately, the biggest increases are for those who are knocked out early. First-round losers will receive a 20 percent rise, from $19,700 to $23,670.
The increase follows player complaints in recent months about the way prize money is distributed at Grand Slam tournaments.