French Open 2019: Britain's Katie Boulter out of Roland Garros but set to earn £20,000

Katie Boulter
Katie Boulter struggled with the back injury in Britain's Fed Cup victory against Kazakhstan in April
2019 French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 26 May-9 June
Coverage: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

British number three Katie Boulter will pick up £20,000 after going to Paris to withdraw from the French Open - despite earlier indications she would not play because of a back injury.

The 22-year-old's name surprisingly appeared in Thursday's draw at Roland Garros.

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

Boulter has not played since Britain's Fed Cup win over Kazakhstan in April.

But she was drawn to play Croatian 23rd seed Donna Vekic in Paris.

First round prize money at Roland Garros is 46,000 euros (£40,640) but by withdrawing on site before the start of the main draw, a player is entitled to 50% of that, with the other half going to the replacement player.

The rule was introduced at the start of 2018 to encourage unfit players to make way for someone else.

Earlier on Thursday Boulter, the world number 112, had posted a video of herself doing sit-ups at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

Boulter's exit leaves Johanna Konta, seeded 26th, as the only British woman with direct entry to the main draw, although Katie Swan is hoping to join her by winning her final qualifying match on Friday.

Kyle Edmund, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans are all in the men's singles.

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