The winners of next month’s French Open will receive a record 1.5 million euros ($2 million) each, while early-round losers will get the biggest raise as the clay- court tennis major responds to player demands for more equal distribution of prize money.
Roland Garros’s proposed expansion may be in jeopardy after a Parisian administrative tribunal called for an agreement between the city and the French tennis federation to be terminated, Agence-France Presse said.
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka rebounded to avoid an opening-round upset at the French Open as men’s No. 1 Novak Djokovic won in straight sets and Roger Federer secured a record-tying 233rd Grand Slam victory.
In his dreams, Novak Djokovic has already lifted the French Open trophy to make it four major tennis titles in a row. In reality, the No. 1-ranked player in the world has to overcome six-time champion Rafael Nadal on his favorite clay courts.