French Open increases prize money

The singles champions at the French Open will each receive ?1.2

million ($1.7 million), a 7.14 percent increase from last year.

Organizers say total prize money for the clay-court Grand Slam

tournament is going up by 4.24 percent to ?17,52 million ($25

million).

Last year, the singles winners each won ?1.12 million.

Women gained parity in prize money at the tournament four years

ago.

The French Open will be held from May 22-June 5 at Roland

Garros.

Wimbledon announced a day earlier that its singles champions

will each receive 1.1 million pounds ($1.8 million), a 10 percent

increase from last year. Total Wimbledon prize money will be 14.6

million pounds ($23.8 million).