French Open set for substantial prize boost

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Winning a Grand Slam is an amazing achievement on it's own but this year's French Open will have just that little added incentive after it was announced that there will be a boost in prize funds. 

The increase means that the singles winners, both male and female, can expect to pocket £1.33 million alongside the big piece of silverware.

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams were the victors in 2013 and they can expect to cash in a further £125,000, each, if they repeat their heroics this time around.

The swelling funds are part of £2.5 million boost across the whole two-week event which kicks-off in May. A total of over £20 million (25 million euro's) is up for grabs across all the rounds.

Losers in the earlier stages will see the biggest change to their pay-packets. There's a 25% increase for those knocked out in round-four; Andy Murray exited at that stage in 2010, and should he do the same this time around, he can expect his wallet to be 125,000 euro's heavier.

Meanwhile; 42,000 euro's are the consolation for second-round exits, third-round stumblers will pick up 72,000 euro's; both sums mark a 20% increase on last-year.

The change has been designed to offer a helping hand to the lower-profile players who are eliminated early-on who rack up large bills, thanks to the expensive nature of professional tennis on the ATP tour. 

Tournaments all across the world account for high travel and living expenses. 

"This significant increase is part of the four-year plan developed for the years 2013 to 2016. It specifically targets players eliminated in the first week," explained Roland Garros' tournament director Gilbert Ysern

The French Open currently offers the lowest amount of prize money in comparison with the other three Grand Slams; Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open have all offered just over £20 million at previous events, but the adjustment will greatly lower the gap.

Rafael Nadal is the 'King of Clay' and will be expected to land a record ninth title in Paris. Only once has the Spaniard been beaten at the clay Grand Slam - back in 2009.

The 27-year-old's success' in France and indeed across all the slams - he has won them all at least once - has landed him a career purse of around £40 million.

Roger Federer, arguably the greatest tennis star ever and holder of the most amount of Grand Slam titles (17), leads the all-time career earnings list having won nearly £50 million. The 32-year-old also earns plenty in sponsorship money from the likes of Nike and Rolex.

In June 2013, Forbes magazine charted the Swiss star as the second-highest paid Sportsman in the world. 

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