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  • Roland Garros 2017: € 36 million in prizes including 2.1 for the winner

    Reporter: Aditya Soni
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    The winner of the 2017 edition of Roland-Garros will pocket 2.1 million euros, 100,000 euros more than in 2016, for a total allocation of 36 million, announced Wednesday by the tournament director Guy Forget.

    "We are on a substantial increase since 36 million euros will go to the players, an increase of 12% compared to 2016, that is to say 4 million more," he said. 

    Also stated same at a press conference.

    Interesting to know : A loser in the first round will receive 35,000 euros. "The most important effort has been made on qualifying," said the boss of the Paris tournament. "We wanted to focus on qualifying because there is an increasing gap between those who trust the top places and those who try to live tennis." According to Forget, the effort is about 33% additional.

     The tournament will announce which players have been given wild cards on Facebook Live on May 16, including its decision on Maria Sharapova.

    The two-time former champion made her return from a 15-month doping ban in Stuttgart on Wednesday with victory over Roberta Vinci.

    French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli insisted no decision has yet been made, although it is understood the preferred option is to award her a wild card into qualifying, should she require it.

    If Sharapova reaches the final in Stuttgart, her ranking will be high enough to earn her direct entry into qualifying.

    Giudicelli said: " As things stand today, there is no reason to assign one particular wild card before any of the others. We will not take our decision lightly."
    The president, meanwhile, revealed there will be extra security measures in place in an effort to keep the tournament safe from the terrorist threat that has been all too prevalent in Paris over the past couple of years.
    Giudicelli said: "The 2017 tournament will be played under reinforced security measures. We have maintained and built up the measures around the stadium.

    "Protecting the players, the public and everyone in the stadium is an imperative for us. People will therefore need to show some understanding and leave enough time for the security checks when they come to the stadium."

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