2022 Roland Garros prize money rises higher than pre-pandemic levels
Roland Garros will award €43.6m across all its competitions this year, 6.8% more than at the 2019 event, the last clay Slam before the Covid pandemic.
The winners of the men’s and women’s singles will each receive €2.2m, €800,000 more than 2021 champions Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova.
However, that figure is just below the €2.3m awarded to 2019 champions Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty.
After the 2020 event was held almost completely without spectators, revenues and hence prize money for the 2021 event fell even further overall than they did from 2019 to 2020.
Those who exit in the first round of the main draw will receive €62,000, up from €60,000 in 2020 and 2021 and €46,000 in 2019.
Those who lose in the qualifying rounds will also receive more compared to 2021 payouts.
The French Tennis Federation said in a statement: “The increase in prize money [for first round and qualifiers] is designed to help the players who have suffered the most as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The announcement from Roland Garros organisers continues the trend of Slams reporting financial growth as they recover from Covid.
Earlier this week, Wimbledon reported an increase in net profits in 2021, aided of course by the return of fans last summer after the event was the only Slam to be outright cancelled in 2020.
Wimbledon’s 2021 prize money of just over £35m was down slightly from the 2019 prize pool of £38m, but up on that of 2018 which was £34m.
Players will no doubt be hoping that the profit margins of the Slams continue to increase as was the trend before the tennis and the world at large was set back by the pandemic.
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