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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 2005, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Prize money for mixed doubles

First, congratulations to Dani and Fab! But I just found out that French Open gave little money to the winners of mixed doubles, only $58,000 per team (that's $29,000 per person, less than the $31,000 Dani got by making the 3rd round in singles). In contrast, the winners of mixed doubles this year in Wimbledon will receive 90,000 pounds (about $150,000) per team, almost 3 times that of French Open. Is there a reason for such a big difference? The prize money for singles are otherwise about the same for the 4 grand slam events.
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Am I alone who think double players make too much money?

T.V. almost never show double, stands are always empty.

I mean, it's not like there are people who pay to see double matches. Well there might be, but it's really a minority.

Tournaments probably actually lose money by holding double tournaments.
I don't know if you are completely alone in your opinion but I for one heartily disagree. Doubles events add a great deal to the excitement and drama of a grand slam.
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Doubles is awesome live. The fans love watching it when they're at a tournament. It's a great chance to see top players on outer courts so you're up close and personal.
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Quite a bit of Doubles is shown on TV in England during Wimbledon. I imagine French TV probably shows quite a bit of the Roland Garros doubles as well. But in general thats true. I'd say its a shame. I would have loved to have seen some of the those Roland Garros mixed doubles matches from both this year and last.
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Am I alone who think double players make too much money?

T.V. almost never show double, stands are always empty.
That's not necessarily true, depending on who is playing. In last year's US Open the Martina/Paes vs Maria/Max mixed doubles were shown on TV in prime time. Actually, I saw Maria & Max play another team live and the court (Court 4 as I remember) was packed to the full with 3 layers of people standing outside.

Doubles teams have their own cult followers. At least in US Open, whenever a popular doubles team is palying at an outside court the stand is nearly 100% full. For example, back when Clijsters and Sugiyama were a team there's always a long queue for their matches. The secret is that you can get incredbly close to the players in these matches with just a ground pass. Besides, players are usually more relaxed and more approachable at doubles matches, making those great chances to get autograph, etc.
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At Wimbledon the later stages of the Mixed Doubles are big draws, and are usually put on Centre and No 1 court late in the day. The Mixed Doubles seems to be more popular than the Mens or Ladies Doubles at SW 19

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