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TheBoiledEgg
Feb 28th, 2005, 04:28 PM
Historic Equal Prize Money In Dubai

$1 million total prize money matches Dubai Duty Free Men's Open event's purse and signals growing popularity and success of women's tennis worldwide

DUBAI, UAE – Dubai Duty Free, the award-winning airport retail operation and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour announced on Monday a significant step in the campaign for equality in women's professional tennis with the establishment of equal prize money at this week's Dubai Duty Free Women's Open.

The Dubai Duty Free Women's Open, which previously paid US$585,000 in total prize money, will pay out US$1 million this year, matching the total prize money of the ATP's Dubai Duty Free Men's Open. The women's event to be held at the Dubai Tennis Stadium in the United Arab Emirates this week follows the men's event of last week.

Commenting on the decision behind the increased prize money, Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free said: "We are entering our fifth tournament on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and want to recognize the incredible drawing power and level of play of the women players, which matches the popularity of our men's tournament. Since the inaugural tournament in 2001, there has been a tremendous response by the top women players and the fact that there are 6 of the top 10 players here this week is testament to that."

The US$415,000 boost in women's prize money in Dubai is an indication of the growing global popularity of women's tennis among fans, including in the Middle East region, and the commercial momentum generated by the Tour's recent string of sponsorship deals with Sony Ericsson, Dubai Duty Free, Whirlpool Europe and the TOM Group.

"Dubai Duty Free has once again demonstrated its leadership role in supporting the growth and popularity of women's professional tennis," Sony Ericsson WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott said. "The depth and quality of play on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, combined with the soaring popularity and media interest in our game, warrants equal compensation for our players."

The increased women's prize money at the Dubai Duty Free Open is a result of the elevated commitment of Dubai Duty Free, one of the world's leading airport retailers which in 2004 had a turnover of US$500 million. The company, which is the premier sponsor of the Tour's Rest of the World region, has been a longstanding supporter of women's tennis and a leader in bringing the game to the Middle East.

Through Dubai Duty Free's support and management, the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open has quickly become one of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's premier Tier II outdoor hardcourt tournaments and was named ‘Tournament of the Year' for its inaugural year in 2001. The tournament traditionally draws many of the biggest names in the game, including this week's singles field of top-ranked Lindsay Davenport, megastar Serena Williams, former World No.1 Venus Williams, reigning French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and reigning US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, among many others.

Wannabeknowitall
Feb 28th, 2005, 04:30 PM
They're now the highest pay out of a Teir II. Why don't they just shell out another 300,000 and make themselves a Teir I?

SelesFan70
Feb 28th, 2005, 04:45 PM
They're now the highest pay out of a Teir II. Why don't they just shell out another 300,000 and make themselves a Teir I?

I'm sure they have the money... ;) But maybe the WTA Board of Diretors :tape: don't want 3 Tier 1's in a row (Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami)

volta
Feb 28th, 2005, 04:47 PM
They're now the highest pay out of a Teir II. Why don't they just shell out another 300,000 and make themselves a Teir I?
i hope they raise it next year

goldenlox
Feb 28th, 2005, 04:53 PM
Last year Dubai was the week before Doha.

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 28th, 2005, 04:58 PM
they could make the tourn worth more than Slams, but that wouldnt make more worthy of more points.

Some things you just cannot buy ;)

_LuCaS_
Feb 28th, 2005, 05:04 PM
they could make the tourn worth more than Slams, but that wouldnt make more worthy of more points.

Some things you just cannot buy ;)
I won't be too sure about this TBE, everything has a price :devil:

Scotso
Feb 28th, 2005, 05:34 PM
That's great though, that they give equal prize money. If they can do that in Dubai, surely all the slams could do it?

ys
Feb 28th, 2005, 05:46 PM
That's great though, that they give equal prize money. If they can do that in Dubai, surely all the slams could do it?

Doubt it. $1 million is nothing when that is oil money we are talking about. This tournament is a whimsical thing anyway, just because some sheikh wanted to have a toy. People don't play tennis on Arabian peninsula. Just like they don't play cricket or rugby, and they have cricket and rugby tournaments there. But sheikhs want to entertain themselves.

I'd rather prefer them to give women equal political rights in Dubai.

ys
Feb 28th, 2005, 06:28 PM
I wonder how much money the tournament generates... I mean do they lose money by having it (price money + apparence fees), or do they make a profit

Of course they lose money.. But I don't think they care.. I remember someone even mentioning that the admission at the tournament is free ( or was it about Qatar tournament ?)

goldenlox
Feb 28th, 2005, 06:31 PM
That's true in horse racing too. They let people in free. No betting.
And they have a $6 million race.
The Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes were $1 million each last year.
And the betting brings in the revenue.

Vass22
Feb 28th, 2005, 06:36 PM
Doubt it. $1 million is nothing when that is oil money we are talking about. This tournament is a whimsical thing anyway, just because some sheikh wanted to have a toy. People don't play tennis on Arabian peninsula. Just like they don't play cricket or rugby, and they have cricket and rugby tournaments there. But sheikhs want to entertain themselves.

I'd rather prefer them to give women equal political rights in Dubai.

People DO play tennis here. And they DO play cricket here. Cricket is the most popular sport.

Vass22
Feb 28th, 2005, 06:38 PM
Of course they lose money.. But I don't think they care.. I remember someone even mentioning that the admission at the tournament is free ( or was it about Qatar tournament ?)
I believe I mentioned it in relation to myself, a member of the tennis club that hosts the tournament. And that's only for the first 3 days.

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 28th, 2005, 06:38 PM
People DO play tennis here. And they DO play cricket here. Cricket is the most popular sport.

Vass, come on
the locals that play cricket are from India or Pakistan and they'd play cricket even in antarctica (and i'm not kidding either :lol: )

goldenlox
Feb 28th, 2005, 06:38 PM
But isn't it true there's no betting on horse racing?
Yet the purses are huge.
Usually, the betting creates the prizemoney in horse racing.

ys
Feb 28th, 2005, 06:47 PM
People DO play tennis here. And they DO play cricket here. Cricket is the most popular sport.

You mean, you also got that many Indians over there already? :lol:

ys
Feb 28th, 2005, 06:50 PM
Vass, come on
the locals that play cricket are from India or Pakistan and they'd play cricket even in antarctica (and i'm not kidding either :lol: )

Right.. I still remember that cricket episode from Vertical Limit.. :lol:

Lemonskin.
Feb 28th, 2005, 08:22 PM
Cool. More money for 'Licia ;)