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GogoGirl
Oct 12th, 2002, 12:24 AM
I saw this last week. Does this mean the WTA wil follow suit - I wonder?




http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20021011/ap_wo_en_po/sports_tennis_atp_doubles_1

ATP reduces prize money, draw sizes for doubles
Fri Oct 11, 5:58 AM ET

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida - Prize money for doubles events will decrease at next season's ATP tournaments and draw sizes will be reduced, the governing body of men's tennis announced



Masters Series tournaments will now allocate only 17 percent of their total prize money to doubles teams a five-percent decrease - while all other events will pay out 20 percent to pairs, down from 25 percent in the 2002 season, the ATP said in a statement.

Draw sizes will be reduced to "allow flexibility in scheduling matches" and more players will be accepted directly in doubles competitions based on their singles rankings, the ATP said.

These changes will ensure that top singles players, who play doubles rarely and don't have high doubles rankings, will be able to contest doubles.

"The ATP Board felt that the current system of prize money payments was outdated and needed to better reflect the business appeal of the game, which leans much more heavily today on the singles players," said ATP CEO Mark Miles.

Brian Stewart
Oct 12th, 2002, 12:35 AM
I doubt if the WTA would follow suit. Most of the top singles players play doubles, so they don't face the same circumstances.

Scotso
Oct 12th, 2002, 01:05 AM
Not really fair. Doubles players are talented too.

DutchieGirl
Oct 12th, 2002, 04:42 AM
Yeah I don't think it's that fair, but if the public wanna see more singles... then the public wanna see more singles... I guess the ATP is doing what it can to keep making (loads) od money! ;)

DutchieGirl
Oct 12th, 2002, 04:42 AM
Yeah I don't think it's that fair, but if the public wanna see more singles... then the public wanna see more singles... I guess the ATP is doing what it can to keep making (loads) of money! ;)

V.Melb
Oct 12th, 2002, 07:27 AM
I am glad this has happened.

Some players are making a mint out of doubles...... eg. Stubbs who earns more then %90 of singles players! :eek:
so tourneys are forking out all the money for doubles and they are getting very few ppl watcing doubles matches!

BrianII
Oct 12th, 2002, 07:47 AM
Stubbs is on the WTA tour so I doubt whether she would be affected anyway ........don't see why anyone has a problem with what she makes, she's not excluding any other player from making the decisions she makes or competing in events she competes in ..personally I applaud her ..she knows what shes good at pursues it and is sucessful at it