Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic might end up walking away from the French Open 2022 despite prize boost


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.

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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.

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