French Open 2017 prize money: Sir Andy Murray misses out on record prize but still takes career earnings past $60m mark

 
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Djokovic kisses his €2m prize from last year's French Open (Source: Getty)

Sir Andy Murray missed out on the opportunity to win a record prize at this year's French Open after losing to Stan Wawrinka in an epic semi-final clash.

The world No1 exits the competition with €530,000 (€466,469) in prize money after succumbing to a 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 defeat to former champion Wawrinka.

It's enough to make the Scot only the fourth tennis player in history to earn more than $60m (£47.2m) in on-court winnings, boosting his career earnings to $60.3m and 2017 haul to $1.5m.

Yet Murray misses out on the chance to do battle for a record prize of €2.1m (£1.8m) on offer to the winner of Sunday's final.

How Roland Garros compares

Roland Garros' increase in player remuneration is not enough to elevate the tournament from its status as the least-lucrative of tennis' four majors.

The total prize money pool in Paris is being increased by €4m to 36m, but the biggest pay cheque increases will come for those who exit in the early rounds.

Read more: How much will this year's Wimbledon winner get paid?

First round qualifying losers still earn a cool €35,000 — a 16.6 per cent increase on last year's equivalent prize.

Meanwhile the men's and women's singles winner will earn just €100,000 more than the €2m rewarded to last year's champions Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza, a five per cent increase.

In dollar terms, that equates to a $2.4m prize which is way below the $3.5m paid to last year's US Open winners Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber.

At the Australian Open earlier this year single's champions Roger Federer and Kerber won the equivalent of $2.8m for their respective triumphs, while at Wimbledon in July the eventual winner will earn a similar amount after the All England Club boosted its winner's prize from £2m to £2.2m.