The prize pool for the French Open 2022 has already been announced. Despite a significant increase in the tournament’s overall prize money, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic may wind up worse off than in prior years.
The overall prize has increased by about 7% since the last pre-pandemic edition of the Grand Slam. But the champion will lose out with a reduction in the winner’s cheque for 2019.
The French Federation of Tennis declared on Wednesday that the French Open 2022 will be worth £37 million (€43.6 million) this year. Up 6.8% from 2019, when the tournament was played with ‘normal’ pre-pandemic capacity. The winner will receive £85,000 (€100,000) less than 3 years ago.
Three years ago, when Nadal overcame Dominic Thiem to win his then-12th French Open championship. He took home £1,952,000 (€2.3 million), whereas this year’s winner will earn £1,867,000 (€2.2 million). However, the winner’s cheque is £594,000 (€700,000) more than it was last year.
While the champion will receive less this year than in the last ‘regular’ edition of the clay-court. Major, players in the earlier stages will receive larger payouts. A first-round loser earned £39,000 (€46,000) 3 years ago, but will earn £53,000 (€62,000) this time.
With the new expanded prize money, only the winner and runner-up will be worse off than in 2019. As Thiem received £1 million (€1.18 million) in 2019, while this year’s finalist will receive £934k (€1.1 million). The semi-finalists, Djokovic and Roger Federer, got £500,733 (€590,000) in 2019. But the reward has been increased to £509,220 (€600,000) this year.
The entire prize money pot in qualifying is up 66% from last year. With £12,000 (€14,000), £17,000 (€20,000), and £26,000 (€31,000) given out across the three rounds. Compared to £5,900 (€7,000), £10,400 (€12,250), and £20,400 (€24,000) in the pre-pandemic French Open.