WIMBLEDON, England — Gael Monfils had to retire with an injury during the fifth set of his first-round match at Wimbledon.
The 16th-seeded Monfils held a two-set lead against Ugo Humbert but couldn’t close out the win and had to quit with an apparent ankle injury when trailing 3-0 in the fifth.
Humbert, who was making his Wimbledon debut, advanced 6-7 (8), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 3-0.
In the women’s draw, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki advanced when her opponent had to retire in the first set. Wozniacki trailed 4-0 against Sara Sorribes Tormo but then won five straight games before the Spaniard retired.
NEW YORK — The U.S. Open total purse this year is more than $57 million, the richest in tennis history.
The men’s and women’s singles champion will each receive $3.85 million, and the men’s and women’s doubles champion teams will get $740,000. Those are both the highest payouts in U.S. Open history.
The U.S. Tennis Association said Thursday it worked with the ATP and WTA Tours to determine specific round-by-round prize money levels, and that the payouts for each round are all Grand Slam tournament records.
The payouts start at $58,000 for the first round of singles.
The USTA adds that it will make a payment of $500,000 to each tour to support the ATP and WTA Tour player programs, including pension.
The final major of the year will be played Aug. 26 through Sept. 8.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Venus Williams has committed to play in San Jose later this month, her second straight appearance in the event.
She will play her opening match of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in the night session July 30 after reaching the 2018 quarterfinals. The seven-time Grand Slam champion is in the field for the 15th time, though the tournament moved from Stanford to San Jose last year.
The 39-year-old Williams will be a wild-card entry in the tournament.