Roland Garros organisers have acted swiftly to the news fellow Grand Slam tournament hosts, the US Open, have increased their prize fund by confirming their own pot will rise over the coming years.
According to The New York Times, French Open tournament director, Gilbert Ysern, is putting plans in place to raise the total prize money available at the clay Slam between now and 2016 so it is in line with fellow majors.
Already this season, we have seen the Australian Open up their pot to $31m, while Flushing Meadows organisers recently revealed their $33.6m purse for 2013 will increase to $50m by 2017.
“We’re going to be below the US Open, but we’re on the same path,” said Ysern. “I am particularly convinced there’s a logic to reducing the gap between the first-week players and the second-week players and to raise the prize money for the first week.”
Indeed, narrowing the earnings gap between finalists and those who fall in early rounds is a major concern for tennis organisers, with Betfair French Open
pundits expressing their dissatisfaction that lower-ranked players earn very little for their parts in these illustrious tournaments.
Last year at Wimbledon, Spaniard Albert Ramos earned just £14,500 for his first-round exit to eventual winner, Roger Federer. The Swiss, meanwhile, recouped £1,150,000 for his title success.
With Roland Garros set to increase its prize fund for both ATP and WTA competitors, fans at betting.betfair.com
can expect even greater intensity on the clay courts than ever before.
Rafael Nadal returns as defending champion and will want to prove his mettle after comeback from injury, while Juan Martin del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Juan Monaco all stand a real chance of causing an upset on the clay.