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Friday, June 14, 2024

French Open Prize Pool Skyrockets to Record $54.6M

  • The winners of the event will earn $2.51 million each.
  • Losers in the first round of qualifying will earn $17,000 each, and singles first-round losers will receive $75,000 each.
The French Open will have a record prize purse.
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The 2023 French Open prize pool will go up significantly compared to last year’s edition. 

Organizers for the event announced that the purse will total $54.6 million — 12.3% more than the $46.7 million offered in 2022. That’s a French Open record, according to the Associated Press. 

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The winners of the event, which will take place between May 28-June 11, will earn $2.51 million each. Losers in the first round of qualifying will earn $17,000 each, while singles first-round losers will receive $75,000 each. 

The French Open had previously dropped its prize purses due to financial losses during the pandemic, but these latest numbers have eclipsed pre-COVID levels from 2019. 

Gender Equity

The four tennis Grand Slams are some of the only events in all of global sports that provide equal prize money for both men’s and women’s participants. 

The U.S. Open was the first to do so in 1973 — largely due to the influence of Billie Jean King. That year, the event offered $25,000 to each champion. 

It would take almost four decades for all four Grand Slams to follow suit — Wimbledon became the last grand slam to offer equal prize money in 2007.

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