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French Open prize money up

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PARIS (AP)

Prize money at the French Open will rise significantly for both singles champions and players who lose in some of the early rounds.

Roland Garros organizers said Monday that the overall total for the tournament will go from $24.6 million last year to $28.7 million, with winners receiving $1.96 million compared to $1.64 million in 2012.

Players eliminated in the second, third and fourth rounds will receive 25 percent more than they did last year. The tournament begins May 26.

French Tennis Federation director Gilbert Ysern says his organization ''wishes to maintain its effort with regards to players eliminated during the first week.''

Further increases totaling another $13.08 million are expected by 2016.

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