The French Open has increased its prize money fund to a total of 36 million euros for this year's tournament.
WTA Staff

The French Open has increased its prize money fund to a total of 36 million euros for this year's tournament.

The winners of the singles titles will each win 2.1 million euros, a rise of around 100,000 euros from last year.

But players knocked out in the early rounds will benefit even more with increases of up to 40 per cent.

"We wanted to focus on qualifying, since the gaps are getting wider and wider between those who occupy the top spots, and those who are simply trying to make a living from tennis," said Guy Forget, the tournament director.

"For the qualies this year, there will be a 33 per cent increase in prize money. The aim is to enable all those players ranked outside No.128 in the world to come to Roland Garros and to be recognised for their true worth."

Forget refused to predict a singles champion, but added: "It should be a great tournament, and I think that we are in for a surprise. We had Garbiñe Muguruza last year, who was a wonderful, elegant champion, so why not (Angelique) Kerber or (Karolina) Pliskova this time around? Not forgetting our French players, in particular Kristina Mladenovic who has again had some excellent results in the Fed Cup. Why not? One of our home-grown players might follow in Mary Pierce’s footsteps this year."