Coco Gauff is seeking her first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open on Saturday when she takes on Iga Swiatek in the final at Roland Garros, and a day later she will team up with compatriot Jessica Pegula in the women’s doubles final, where the US pair face home favourites Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic. If Gauff emulates the success of Barbora Krejcikova, she will become the 11th woman this century to win slams in singles and doubles at the same tournament, and one of an elite few to land her first major victories at the same time at the same tournament. The 18-year-old will, of course, also see her back balance go through the roof, even if she is on the losing side of the net on Saturday and Sunday.
French Open singles winner earns $2.4 million
The winner of the women’s singles title at Roland Garros this year will pocket $2.4 million, and the women’s doubles winners will share a cheque for $620,000. That would land Gauff not far off her entire career earnings to date, which stand at $3,159,857. The runners-up in both competitions receive $1.2m and $310,000, respectively.
Gauff has already reached a doubles grand slam final, at the US Open in 2021, but in singles she had never been beyond the fourth round of a major until now. Her first Tour-level victory came in 2019 at the Linz Open, where she qualified as a lucky loser and beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the final, making her the youngest player to win a WTA title since 2004.
Gauff’s off-court earnings
Earlier the same year, she became the youngest player in the Open Era to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon, where she beat Venus Williams in the first round and made it to the fourth, losing to eventual champion Simona Halep. Naturally, her eye-catching run had sponsors lining up to sign her up and Forbes estimated she was already making $1 million a year in endorsements in 2019, a figure that now stands at closer to $4m per year.
Among the companies that sponsor Gauff are New Balance, Head (which supplies her rackets), Barilla, which also sponsors Roger Federer, and American Eagle.