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French Open prize money increases by eight percent compared to 2018

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PARIS — French Open prize money will increase by eight percent at this year’s tournament to $48.6 million.

The French Tennis Federation says the men’s and women’s champions will receive $2.62 million, an increase of 4.55 percent from last year. Runners-up will receive $1.34 million, a 5.36 percent increase.

The biggest jump was 15 percent for those reaching the first round. They now get about $52,000, while quarterfinalists get roughly nine percent more at $473,000.

Players who go out in the third round of qualifying, failing to make the main draw, will receive $27,000, an increase of 14.29 percent.

The men’s and women’s doubles champions will get $660,000 and finalists $330,000 – both receiving about 3.5 percent more than last year.

Top-seeded Barty withdraws from French Open warm-up event

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STRASBOURG, France (AP) Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty withdrew from the Internationaux de Strasbourg clay-court tournament on Tuesday because of a right arm injury.

Barty was replaced in the main draw by lucky loser Diana Marcinkevica.

The eighth-ranked Australian said she would not take any risk ahead of the French Open, which starts Sunday in Paris.

“I gave it my best chance, but unfortunately I wouldn’t be playing my best tennis,” Barty said. “I’m busy the next two months and I need to look after my body now.”

Wild-card entry Tipsarevic advances at Geneva Open

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GENEVA (AP) Former top-10 player Janko Tipsarevic used his wild-card entry to beat Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 7-5, 7-5 in the Geneva Open first round on Monday.

Now ranked No. 317, the 34-year-old Tipsarevic is back in ATP Tour main draws after missing the 2018 season for hamstring injuries to heal.

Fifth-seeded Radu Albot advanced to the second round on a day when two seeded players lost in the final week of clay-court warmups for the French Open.

Albot beat qualifier Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), after 92nd-ranked Hugo Dellien beat eighth-seeded Andreas Seppi 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, and seventh-seeded Matthew Ebden lost to Nicolas Jarry of Chile 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Rain cut short play and gave former No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov a day off after playing through two qualifying rounds.

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