PRIZE MONEY UP AT FRENCH OPEN
The French Open has increased prize money to a total of €36 million (Dh144m) for this summer’s tournament. That is a rise of €4m from last year’s event, with the winners of the singles titles to take home €2.1m each. The biggest increases have once again come in the early rounds with those losing in first-round qualifying guaranteed €5,000 – a rise of more than 40 per cent. Players coming through three rounds of qualifying will earn €18,000 and those beaten in the first round proper will take home €35,000. ”We are on a consistent upwards slope,” tournament director Guy Forget said.