Tennis fans are in for some grueling tennis action as the French Open unfolds in a few days. One of the most difficult tournaments on the tennis calendar, the clay-court Grand Slam tournament has had many memorable moments in its history. However, it is one of the tournaments that has eluded many champion players like Venus Williams and Andy Murray.
Further, Rafael Nadal is the most successful player at the tournament, winning the tournament a record 13 times. In the women’s section, Chris Evert has won seven Roland Garros titles, the most in women’s singles. This year, the tournament has announced a massive increase in the prize money for the players.
French Open 2022 prize money breakdown
As compared to 2021, the tournament has increased the total purse by more than 25%. The prize pool for this year’s French Open is set at 43.6m Euros. Further, winners in the men’s and women’s singles will pocket a whooping €2,200,000 each. Meanwhile, the runners-up will receive half of the prize money as that for the winners.
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the final against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Semifinalists and quarterfinalists will get €600,000 and €380,000, respectively. Further, players making it to the pre-quarterfinals in singles will pocket €220,000. Players losing in the third, second, and the first round of the singles competition will receive €125,800, €86,000, and €62,000, respectively.
Who are the defending champions and favorites at Roland Garros 2022?
Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles title in the previous edition of the tournament. The Serb defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in a grueling five-set summit clash to win his 19th Grand Slam title. In the semifinals, he had knocked out the ‘King of Clay’, Rafael Nadal, in four sets.
Further, Djokovic will be the top seed at the tournament this year and among the favorites to lift the title, especially after his exploits in Rome, last week. Apart from Djokovic, the Spanish duo of Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will also eye the title in Paris, this season.
In the women’s singles, Barbora Krejcikova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to win the 2021 edition of Roland Garros. However, the defending champion has been hampered by an elbow injury this season. In this section, in-form and World Number 1, Iga Swiatek is the favorite to lift the title. As the action unfolds in Paris in the coming days, players will strive to etch their names in the history books.
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