Originally Posted by bobito
If Ellison is trying to raise Indian Wells' status above that of other Masters Series events, are the ATP really being unreasonable in stopping that from happening.
As long as IW winner's prize money isn't (much) above other TMS events, it isn't above other TMSs in prestige. The only reason why ATP (Association of Tennis Promoters) didn't accept that was that other events' promoters would've had pressure to raise their R2 & R3 prize moneys.
And what if WTA had more prize money in IW than ATP? So what? Also Beijing, Sydney, etc. have higher prize money in WTA than in ATP. The calendar structure is different in WTA than in ATP. ATP has nine top tier non-slams/YEC, WTA's nine most important non-slams/YEC are on two tiers with P5 being below ATP's TMS in prize money. So ATP still gives more prize money.