April 26, 2017 / 9:27 AM / 4 months ago

French Open organisers boost prize money by 12 percent

PARIS (Reuters) - French Open organisers have increased the grand slam tournament's prize money by 12 percent to 36 million euros ($39.25 million) while narrowing the gap between the earnings of the winners and the first-round losers.

The winners will pocket 2.1 million euros each, a 100,000-euro increase from 2016, with first-round losers earning 35,000 euros, tournament director Guy Forget told a news conference on Wednesday.

Serbian Novak Djokovic won the men's title while Spaniard Garbine Muguruza claimed the women's title last year. The 2017 French Open runs from May 28-June 11.

($1 = 0.9173 euros)

Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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