French Open has got yet another prize money hike for 2019 tournament and it was announced that there will be an 8% increase in the total prize money fund for this year’s event take total purse to €39 million ($48m). The biggest increase was for the singles first round where 14.29% increase means first round losing players will get €40,000 ($47,500). While the winners of man’s and woman’s singles event will pocket as much as €2.3 million ($2.62m) each. Below is the entire breakdown of 2018 French Open Prize Money fund.
2019 French Open Prize Money – Breakdown
A total of €2 million increase see the prize money pool reach €42.66 million. Men & Women singles winner will earn massive €2.3 million each while the runners up in both men and women singles category taking home around €1.18m million. Total prize money allocated for singles event is increased from €26 million to massive €28 million (€14m for mens singles and €14 for women’s event).
The biggest increase will be for the qualifying rounds where losing players of first round in qualifying will get €7,000 each followed by €13,500 for losing players in qualifying round 2 and finally a massive €24,000 for losing players in third round of qualifiers. Thats on average 15% increase in prize money for qualifiers.
below is the breakdown of Prize Money in all categories and stages of the competition.
See Also: Compare prize money of grand slams
|STAGES||Mens Singles||Women Singls||Mens Doubles||Women Doubles||Mixed Doubles||Legends||Wheelchair|
In 2015 the euro dropped significantly compared to USD, Leaving French Open trailing other grand slams by a big margin in terms of total prize money pool. However French open authorities announced another 14% hike in total prize money pool in 2016, Followed by another 12% increase in 2017 and this year 8% increase takes French Open prize money pool to just around same numbers as US Open and Wimbledon. .
The increase in prize money is part of the 5 year plan (2015 to 2019) where every year there will be minimum 10% increase taking French Open Prize Money pool to somewhere between €40-€42 million by 2019.
Neda Bauer says
interesting fact: average length of men’s game is 3 1/2 hours; average length of womens game is 2 hrs. for the winners that is a total of 28 hrs for the men and 16 hrs for the women. since both get paid the same that is $57,000/hr for men and $100,00/hr for the women. when are they going to get equal pay?
Matt Richards says
Most facts about equal pay between women and men are skewed. They are generalisations not taking into account of occupation, education and actual work time. Meaning that most of the time these days, the pay is equal and it should be. For some reason, even though there is no logic in it women get payed almost twice as much in the Grand Slams now. It will certainly never go back to being fair, that would be terribly sexist.
Traditionally jobs for women are much lower paid then “male” positions a nurse is a lower pay then an engineer. So I say live with it or work to change it.
There is no relevance to your comment. They are not paid by the hour, each participant is paid by the event. You can chop it, slice it to you hearts content. The promoters deem that the compensation they are paid is what they are worth at the time the contract of participation is signed.
Not true, but still sexual discrimination. Men need to sue to receive the hundred of millions in back pay owed them over the years.
Sue Jensen says
In the Real world everywhere it is the reverse. In tennis they have attempted to be fair at least.
Larry Bostick says
It would only be right if the women played 3 out of 5 like the men.
Jose Saenz Jr says
Equal pay does not mean equal play. Men are force to play longer and actually earn less! Imagine if women had to play best out of 5 Sets and actually had to earn thief pay.. I am all outbformequal pay asnlong as they both play then same amount bof Sets.
derek mcvay says
Quite easy really , regardless of sex world champions are paid vastly different amounts depending on the popularity , following and sponsorship of the activity they take part in.
If payment for each event be that tennis or modelling was based on the global gate revenue for it you may find that a lot more money came in for a male grand slam than a female one and a lot more money came in for a Miss World than a Mr Universe..Therefore payment would then be based on thethree criteria I set out above.
John Drugas says
Women draw a bigger crowd in the early matches. In a survey taken a few year’s back most people went to see the women play. Like everything it all works out in the end.
Dieter Meier says
In Grandslam events, clearly women earn too much money in comparison to men.
A couple of arguments to back this: One should be paid the same for the same performance. Right? Of course, the top woman wouldn’t stand a chance not even against a top 2000 player in the world. So, one could say, not the same performance, men are simply speaking stronger in tennis. But of course this is true for most sports and hence not a valid argument in today’s time of how we look at equality (which is often not really equality).
Second point as mentioned before here: Not the same performance in terms of time on the court. Why women play best of 3, and men best of 5 is a mistery to me. It was once chanced from 5 to 3 on the women’s side because the effort would have been too much for them. Again: not the same performance in terms of . And most importantly: in professional sports, it is all about TV income and partially spectators. And in both, and now for many years now, the ATP and male player strongly outperform and generate more revenues than the WTA and the female players. E.g. one number I found: in 2014, the overall revenues of the ATP was 54% higher than WTA). Also in Grand Slams, just watch Roland Garros this year. Female matches normally have far less spectators. If the top female player for the last decade wouldn’t come from the most important sports market in the world where Serena creates quite some number (Americans watch Americans), then this would be even worse from the point of the WTA.
To summarize: Female tennis is attractive and a female sport success story. However, to demand and enforce equal pay despite that they women don’t perform equally is a power play of the ladies which are backed by everyone/everyman being afraid of being a “non equal acting whatever”. I personally like the symbolic gesture of men and women getting the same in GS events, but factually looking at it, it cannot be explained by equal performance.
As usual, ignorance rules all….how else can anything be compared unless one measures it against another with the same incremental units. Since no matter how this is done… in seconds, minutes, hours games, or sets….if the men play more units to earn the “equal” sum of money….then it is a fact that they earn less. As far as the popularity of tennis goes men have carried the sport for as long as I can remember…consider the last 15 years ….remember these guys….Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Andy Murry, Novac Djockavic…