The 2019 French Open is here….and here’s a few numbers to think about.
8: The number of new courts built for the 2019 French Open. These include a completely revamped main Philippe-Chatrier court, the brand new Simonne-Mathieu court, and Courts 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16.
4: The new Simonne-Mathieu Court is surrounded by four greenhouses, which house 1,000 plants from four different continents. The court, named after a former French Open tennis champion and World War II heroine, will open to the public on June 21, the first day of summer.
5: Years until Roland-Garros will host the Olympic tennis event at the 2024 Paris Summer Games.
0: Number of retractable roofs at the French Open, the only one of the four tennis majors without cover over its main show court. However, after years of legal wrangling over an extension of its cramped site, which is the smallest of the four Grand Slam events, all is set to change next year, when the main stadium court will feature a retractable roof. There are also plans to introduce evening sessions, which would boost income for the French Tennis Federation, which organizes the French Open.
263: The number of ball kids, aged 12 to 16, working the courts during Roland-Garros.
480,575: Spectators who visited the French Open last year, which was a record.
€42,661,000 ($47,765,388): Total prize money pot, which is 8% higher than last year.
€2.3 million ($2.6 million): Prize money for the women’s and men’s singles champions, an increase of 4.55% on last year.
€46,000: Prize money for first-round losers, an increase of 15% on last year. Just like the other three tennis majors (Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open), French Open organizers have significantly boosted prize money in qualifying and the early rounds in recent years in order to lift the income of those trying to make a living on the lower ranks.
320: Numbers of line judges and chair umpires who will be officiating at the 2019 French Open. 883 matches were umpired at Roland-Garros last year.
5,667: The number of tennis rackets the tournament’s official stringers will be re-stringing during the event. Tennis players typically take six to eight freshly-strung rackets with them onto court.
50,472: The number of tennis balls, made by French tennis equipment company Babolat, used during the 2018 tournament.