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Katie Boulter still paid despite dropping out of French Open

By Jake Elman
Tennis star Katie Boulter last played in April. <a href="https://instagram.com/katiecboulter?igshid=184xoc0ruflf3">Photo by katiecboulter/Instagram</a>
Tennis star Katie Boulter last played in April. Photo by katiecboulter/Instagram

May 24 (UPI) -- Although British tennis star Katie Boulter will not participate in the French Open, she still was paid for arriving at the tournament.

Boulter, 22, was drawn to play Croatia's Donna Vekic in Paris on Thursday. She has not played since Britain's Fed Cup win over Kazakhstan in April.

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"I was still hoping to have a chance of competing, but doctors have advised me not to take a risk," Boulter tweeted.

By pulling out on-site only two days before the tournament, Boulter was able to collect approximately $22,401. That is half the prize money she would have earned for a first-round defeat.

The Grand Slam Board put a new rule into effect in early 2018 that injured players who withdraw in the days before a Grand Slam tournament begins receive 50 percent of the money normally given to first-round losers.

Boulter will split the money evenly with her replacement.

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