Tennis has been badly affected by the pandemic, and that is reflected in a further reduction in French Open prize money for 2021.
The winners of the men’s and women’s singles titles at Roland Garros this weekend stand to earn €1.4m each.
That is 12.5 per cent down on the payouts to Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek last year, and a 39 per cent reduction on 2019.
The total pot for the French Open, meanwhile, has fallen to just over €34m, a 10.5 per cent drop year on year and 19.4 per cent down on 2019.
Organisers have made the biggest cuts to the prize money on offer in later rounds.
Players who lose in the first two rounds or at any stage in qualifying will receive the same sums as they did last year.
This is in recognition of concerns that professionals below the top band, who can struggle to make a living on the circuit, have been hardest hit by Covid-19.
The drop in French Open prize money follows similar reductions at the Australian Open earlier this year and the US Open in 2020.
Wimbledon was cancelled last year because of coronavirus but is set to take place from 28 June to 11 July.
French Open prize money 2021: full breakdown
|Second Round||€84,000||€84,000||No Change|
|First Round||€60,000||€60,000||No Change|