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tennisIlove09
Mar 18th, 2003, 07:18 PM
ATP and WTA Tours Want More Slam Money
Mon Mar 17, 8:41 PM ET

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - The ATP and the WTA Tour want the Grand Slam tournaments to hand out more money.



The pro tours urged the chairmen of the U.S. Open (news - web sites), Wimbledon (news - web sites), French Open (news - web sites) and Australian Open (news - web sites) on Monday to commit more of those events' profits to prizes, health benefits and pension programs.


Representatives of the tours and Grand Slams spoke during the Australian Open in January about how they can work together to promote tennis. The four major tournaments are overseen by the International Tennis Federation rather than the pro tours.


Prize money at ATP events has decreased about 10 percent over the past three years to just over $55 million in 2003, with the largest drop in payments for doubles. The men's prize money at the Grand Slam events rose 13 percent to a combined total of about $22.4 million last year.


The Grand Slam Committee met last week in Lausanne, Switzerland, and issued a statement Monday outlining suggestions for improvements to the sport:


_ a longer offseason (at least two months);


_ a series of combined or back-to-back men's and women's tournaments;


_ a combined year-end tournament;


_ more emphasis on Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Olympic tennis.


In their response, the ATP and WTA Tour said, "While we appreciate the Grand Slams' comments regarding the need for them to support the international promotion of the game, and to provide fair rewards for professional players, we also remain concerned that their view of what is appropriate investment towards these ends is significantly less than what is required."


Another area of disagreement: The Grand Slams don't want the ATP and WTA Tour to have a third combined tournament — along with the Pacific Life Open and the Nasdaq-100 Open — that lasts eight days or more.


ATP CEO Mark Miles and WTA Tour CEO Kevin Wulff have said they hope to put such an event in Europe as soon as 2005.


Up to 200 players are expected to attend an ATP membership meeting Tuesday, the day before the Nasdaq-100 Open starts here.

the cat
Mar 18th, 2003, 08:23 PM
This news gives me an upset stomach! :( Let's see, the quality of tennis gets worse, but the players continue to make more money! :mad: And that's sad! :sad:

The only news I want to hear is that about 1/5 of the WTA and ATP Tours respective schedules have been eradicated. Tennis needs fewer tournaments, not more tournaments.

Ted of Teds Tennis
Mar 18th, 2003, 09:21 PM
I'll believe that the season should be shortened when players stop playing exhibitions during the off season. :rolleyes:

Iconoclast
Mar 18th, 2003, 09:30 PM
Another area of disagreement: The Grand Slams don't want the ATP and WTA Tour to have a third combined tournament — along with the Pacific Life Open and the Nasdaq-100 Open — that lasts eight days or more.

ATP CEO Mark Miles and WTA Tour CEO Kevin Wulff have said they hope to put such an event in Europe as soon as 2005.
I suspect Rome would be a strong contender for a combined event.

~ The Leopard ~
Mar 19th, 2003, 02:56 AM
This news gives me an upset stomach! :( Let's see, the quality of tennis gets worse, but the players continue to make more money! :mad: And that's sad! :sad:

The only news I want to hear is that about 1/5 of the WTA and ATP Tours respective schedules have been eradicated. Tennis needs fewer tournaments, not more tournaments.

Haha, I take your point with the first para...they do sound greedy. It'd be fine if the extra prize money went to the struggling players but I can't see it happening that way.

As for the second para, which cities are you going to take those events from? Go and explain to the tennis fans in those cities. :p

Don't you think it's better if the players are just more sensible about how many events they enter? It's really up to them.