- The prize purse for this year’s French Open drops a little as a result of the global pandemic
- What will our Brits stand to earn over the next two weeks?
PARIS, FRANCE – Now back to its usual slot (sort of), Roland Garros takes a small dip as a result of the global pandemic.
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How much prize money could the Brits earn at the French Open 2021
For the second year in a row, the pandemic makes its presence felt with between a 10-12% drop in prize money for the winners of singles rounds from the third round, but an eye-watering 23-27% drop in doubles prize money.
Qualifiers’ prize money saw no change in a bid to assist players, and also no change to the first two rounds of the singles and wheelchair events.
|PLACE||PRIZE MONEY € (£)|
|Round 4||€170k (£146k)|
|Round 3||€113k (£97k)|
|Round 2||€84k (£72.1k)|
|Round 1||€60k (£51.5)|
Total Grand Slam Prize Purses for 2021 (Current Currency Conversion)
|Australian Open (2021)||Roland Garros
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What does this mean for the Brits?
The British woman have had scant luck on the courts this season. Both have yet to win back to back matches this season and neither have had much time at all on the dirt this season.
However Evans’ game started to finally click on the clay, reaching the semi-final in Monte Carlo, and Norrie’s steady consistency saw him reach two finals on the terre battue in Estoril and Lyon. However, his draw comes with a little jeopardy.
Opponents assumed via their ranking/seeding
Johanna Konta  – Path to the Final
- R1: Sorana Cirstea | H2H: Konta leads 2-1
- R2: Alison Van Uytvanck | H2H: Konta leads 1-0
- R3: Belinda Bencic  | H2H: Tied at 2-2
- R4: Bianca Andreescu  | First Meeting
- QF: Naomi Osaka  H2H: Konta leads 4-0
- SF: Aryna Sabalenka  | H2H: Sabalenka leads 1-0
- F: Ashleigh Barty  | H2H: Barty leads 3-1
On paper this is not a bad draw for the former semi-finalist but right now Konta is short on both court time and seemingly confidence and those elusive back-to-back wins may better come on the grass, which usually suits her game better.
Heather Watson – Path to Final
- R1: Zarina Diyas | H2H: Watson leads 2-1
- R2: Elise Mertens  | H2H: Mertens leads 4-1
- R3: Maria Sakkari  | H2H: Sakkari leads 2-0
- R4: Sofia Kenin  | H2H: Watson leads 1-0
- QF: Iga Swiatek  | H2H Swiatek leads 1-0
- SF: Ashleigh Barty  | First Meeting
- F: Naomi Osaka  | H2H: Osaka leads 2-0
Watson has never made it past the second round here, and has a tough early part of the draw. She tends to be a confidence player and has struggled for form this season and not just on the clay.
Dan Evans  – Path to Final
- R1: Miomir Kecmanovic | First Meeting
- R2: Laslo Djere | First Meeting
- R3: Alexander Zverev  | H2H: Tied at 1-1
- R4: Roberto Bautista Agut  | First Meeting
- QF: Dominic Thiem  | H2H: Tied at 1-1
- SF: Daniil Medvedev  | First Meeting
- F: Novak Djokovic  | H2H: Evans leads 1-0
Something seemed to click for Evans on the clay, with a spirited run to the semi-final of the Monte Carlo Masters, so this could be the year he finally gets past the first round, but he does have some solid clay courters in his draw.
Cameron Norrie – Path to Final
- R1: Bjorn Fratangelo [Q] | First Meeting
- R2: Lorenzo Sonego  | H2H: Sonego leads 1-0
- R3: Rafael Nadal  | H2H: Nadal leads 2-0
- R4: Gael Monfils  | H2H: Monfils leads 2-0
- QF: Andrey Rublev  | H2H: Rublev leads 1-0
- SF: Novak Djokovic  | First Meeting
- F: Daniil Medvedev  | H2H: Medvedev leads 1-0
Sadly for the most consistent player this clay court season, Norrie has arguably the toughest draw of the Brits. However, he has much improved in many aspects of his game, born out by two clay court finals this year, but Nadal in his wheel-house in the third round is a brutal draw.
Roland Garros takes place between 30 May – 13 June
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