Tennis-French Open prize money gets $5.2m boost

Tennis-French Open prize money gets $5.2m boost
File photograph shows Elena Baltacha of Britain hitting a return to Marina Erakovic of New Zealand during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 28, 2013.

PARIS - The French Open prize money pool has risen to 25 million euros (S$43.27 million) after the country's tennis federation announced a three million euro increase to overall winnings on Tuesday.

The FFT added that the men's and women's champions would benefit from a 10 percent rise in earnings, each banking 1.65 million euros for winning the singles titles in Paris. "This noticeable progression of the Roland Garros prize money is part of the four-year plan for the 2013-16 period," tournament director and FFT general director Gilbert Ysern said in a statement.

Last year, Wimbledon had a total prize pool of 22.56 million euros, while the US Open had a US$33.6 million purse.

This year's Australian Open prize money pool was US$33 million.

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