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The Fed is getting a kool half a mil just to show up in Dubai. I mentioned a couple of years ago - that Pops Williams was never wrong and was as honest as the day is long - as it pertained to his wanting his daughters to cash in. He saw the dollar signs in the sport of Tennis. LOL! Look at it now. I'll say! A 1/2 mil?!


"Last week Dubai hosted a WTA event that, though not even a lauded "Tier I" stop, nevertheless offered $1 million in prize money. This paled in comparison to the under-the-table guarantees to attract five former No. 1s among the star-studded field in winner Justine Henin-Hardenne, runner-up Maria Sharapova, semifinalist Lindsay Davenport, and quarterfinalists Amelie Mauresmo and Martina Hingis"

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Federer Goes for 4 in a Row at ATP Dubai

No. 1 seed Roger Federer received more than an estimated half a million dollars just to show up for The Dubai Tennis Championships this coming week, approximately three times what he would earn for winning the event, and Dubai organizers see the Swiss as worth every penny of the appearance guarantee.

Organizers of Middle East events can afford to buy the best in professional tennis, as they're showing with their current effort to move the men's and women's Indian Wells event from the U.S. to the desert. Landing the Swiss this week, who is on the fast track to becoming the greatest player ever with what is seemingly a large guarantee sum, is nary a drop in the bucket for the oil-rich organizers.

Last week Dubai hosted a WTA event that, though not even a lauded "Tier I" stop, nevertheless offered $1 million in prize money. This paled in comparison to the under-the-table guarantees to attract five former No. 1s among the star-studded field in winner Justine Henin-Hardenne, runner-up Maria Sharapova, semifinalist Lindsay Davenport, and quarterfinalists Amelie Mauresmo and Martina Hingis.

Both Dubai and Doha businessmen aren't shy about -- when they're not busy building ski resorts inside malls or carting in sand to build giant man-made resort islands in the shape of palm trees, or even setting up ultra-modern sea-side hotels with makeshift tennis courts high above the city on helipads -- throwing wads of cash at players without hesitation.

"It is money well spent and a perfect return on investment for Dubai," Dubai Tournament Director Salah Tahlak told Gulf News last week. "Players like Agassi, Navratilova and Sharapova have this appeal. Therefore, we don't have problems paying them appearance money. The Top 10 players normally do (receive money). The payment is more like a Persian carpet, each one has a different pricing."

Setting up the helipad appearance with Federer and Agassi with the ATP's help last year set them back a measly $10 million, but as an investment in public relations turned out to be a shrewd investment.

"That stunt was valued at $9.5 million, while the marketing and public relations returns for the entire event was pinned at $24.5 million," Tahlak said. "This is sound return on the investments."

Federer will likely be another sound return for Dubai this week, with the Swiss at the top of his game seeking a fourth consecutive Dubai title, and looking to extend his Open Era-record 52-match winning streak on hardcourts.

Federer has made two appearances thus far in 2006, winning at Doha and then the Australian Open, then pulling out of a pair of events and the first round of the Davis Cup to rest, he said, for the back-to-back Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami.

Agassi is also also eager to tap the Dubai guarantee flow, and speak of his past experiences in the playland for the super-wealthy.

"Dubai is something I would look forward to sharing with my wife and family," Agassi said. "It's an incredible place to see and to visit for so many reasons. To see what they've built here is really a reflection of a lot of vision, a lot of passion, not to mention the cultures that live peacefully together. It's the way the world is meant to be."

Federer and Agassi's weren't the only bank accounts receiving oil injections this week as the Dubai field also contains world No. 2 Rafal Nadal, Top 10 lesser personalities Nikolay Davydenko and David Ferrer, and features the 2006 debut of Marat Safin who returns from a knee injury.


http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2006-02-27/d.php
 

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See this could be America in general if we just stopped assuming Arab automatically means terrorists.
I would like to cash in too.
 

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Does anyone know if there is any rule against WTA players accepting appearance money? The men have long accepted appearance money and it violates no rules.

Should tournaments make such payments? That's another issue, but I really don't see a problem. A number of years ago, Patrick Rafter was given appearance money for a tournament in North America, I believe Canada, and lost in the first round. He returned the money, saying he didn't deserve it.
 

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TonyP said:
Does anyone know if there is any rule against WTA players accepting appearance money? The men have long accepted appearance money and it violates no rules.

Should tournaments make such payments? That's another issue, but I really don't see a problem. A number of years ago, Patrick Rafter was given appearance money for a tournament in North America, I believe Canada, and lost in the first round. He returned the money, saying he didn't deserve it.
Larry Scott says the WTA Tour doesn't allow appearance fees....

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That may be what Larry Scott says, but does he say they are banned? I doubt that they are, because it would probably in the end lead to a legal battle. I assume that if any tournament wants to pay a player on the side to turn up, there is probably no legal way to stop the tournament, since it can always claim the money is for promotional consideration or some such nonsense.

But the truth is, star power commands financial compensation and always will.
 

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TonyP said:
Does anyone know if there is any rule against WTA players accepting appearance money? The men have long accepted appearance money and it violates no rules.
Yep there is a rule: WTA players aren't allowed to receive appearance money
but it all goes on under the table, or by doing another appearance for the directors promoting the event.

the top WTA (Gold exempt) players have a bonus pool (which is pretty small) and if they fulfil all their commitments they dont lose any of it.
But its pretty feeble what the WTA bonus money is compared to under the table stuff.

on ATP Tour there are no such rules, everything above board, but you cant pay any money for them at a TMS.
 
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