The 2019 French Open main draw begins on Sunday, May 26 and will conclude a fortnight later on June 9, with both men and women vying for a record prize fund.
On March 21, the French Tennis Federation announced the pot for this year’s tournament had increased by 8 percent upon the 2018 edition, although it has endeavored to narrow the pay gap between the winner and those players knocked out in the earlier rounds.
The champions of the singles draws in 2019 will pocket €2.3 million ($2.62m), which is up from the €2.2m ($2.47m) that Simona Halep received 12 months ago for beating Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, to win her first Grand Slam crown.
While the winner will see their earnings jump 4.55%, the runner-up will enjoy a slightly greater boost to their prize, with a 5.36% increase to €1.18m ($1.34m).
Players eliminated at the semifinal stage will receive an identical rise in earning to €590,000 ($662,000).
Although the prize money naturally falls at the earlier stages of the competition, the speed at which it has risen in comparison to the 2018 event actually grows.
For example, a player defeated in the first round will earn 15% more in 2019 than the 12 months previous, with a prize of $46,000 ($52,000). Those beaten in the second and third rounds respectively will earn €87,000 ($98,000) and €143,000 ($161,000), a jump of around 10%, while prize money for quarterfinalists - €415,000 ($466,000) - and those reaching the last 16 - €243,000 ($273,000) - have jumped more than 9%.
Those knocked in in qualifying will also enjoy healthy pay jumps, with players knocked out in the third and final round pocketing €24,000 ($27,000) – a rise of 14.29%.
Players beaten in the second qualifying round will claim €12,250 ($13,750) and those knocked out at the very first hurdle will earn €7,000 ($7,860), 16% more than they did last year.
What is the doubles prize money at the 2019 French Open?
Although the prize money has risen, it has not done so at the same rate as the singles competition.
Instead, the winners will scoop €580,000 ($651,000) per pair, which represents a 3.57% increase upon the pot for the 2018 edition.
The runners-up will earn €290,000 ($326,000), while the semifinalists will take home €146,000, enjoying the biggest year-on-year rise of 5.04%.
Pairs knocked out in the first round will earn €11,500 ($12,900), in the second round €23,000, the third round €42,500 ($47,700) and in the quarterfinals €79,500 ($89,300).
In the mixed doubles competition, the winners will claim €122,000 ($137,000) per pair – a rise of 1.67% - while the runners-up will claim half that amount.