Yep. How do you think Tennis Australia otherwise could afford to pay the prize money it does or even attract top players to the event? Or afford the facilities "arms race" that the four Grand Slam events are locked into? Just be glad that US television doesn't dictate the time of the final (yet).
I dont agree with the prize money at ANY of these events. That's ANOTHER corruption, raising spoiled 'champions' who can't stay grounded enough to stay HUNGRY in their sport. The French & Wimbledon women's title holders fell in the first round of the US Open, and the US Open champ fell in the first round of Australia. Becoming instant millionaires may well have something to do with this inability to maintain the standard of quality real professionals should be able to deliver. They are coddled and distracted.
Off topic of Evert but on topic with lack of integrity in the game being caused by a straying away from the standard of Evert's era & that which came before it.... I chatted with Ali (hingis-seles) when the hoopla at the Aussie Open came, about the guys wanting more prize money on the tour & Roger Federer didn't exactly stand with them on it. My example against more money was taking a player at random, like Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo...ranking 129... career W/L record: 63-112, best EVER result being 4R of a slam. Basically, HE STINKS. He's just not a real good player. Has tennis given him a living? OVER ONE MILLION 800 THOUSAND DOLLARS in 5 years! He makes more money than almost anyone I know, averaging upwards of $300k a year!
Tennis players are people who basically get to travel the entire world, as most of us will not come anywhere close to doing our whole lives, and never set foot in a dreary 9 to 7 office job. They got PAID to slap a ball around the net in the sunshine. (And not with any particular distinction, for the most part) I must say, I have zero sympathy for them.
Now, is tennis any different form this 'no-ceiling financial attitude' that has destroyed the integrity of our entire planet? No, of course not. But it's a spoiled, bratty, UNSUSTAINABLE trend that has been remarkably destructive to whatever topic you want to choose.