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Money corrupts! Gee Rogi look what you've allowed to happen
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I think we did, this is clearly a problem with tennis these days.

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"Del Potro loved playing here," Rapp said. "But it was a situation where he wanted more money than Agassi wanted in his day. Great player, but also, too, we have to be fiscally responsible."
Del Potro > Agassi
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This might be a problem. Times are tough now and the tournaments probably don't attract sponsors easily. Attracting spectators might be difficult as well. This may not be the right time to ask for a huge appearance fee.

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I don`t think that San Jose has at all a bad list of players taking part of an ATP250. On the other hand, I don`t find it ethic at all that the tournament director has to make it public that he offered a player a certain amount of money to be part of it and the player decided that the amount is not enough. Maybe he didn`t offered Delpo the same amount that Rotterdam offered (if so) to Djokovic, Davydenko or Soderling to play there. Or maybe Delpo didn`t wanted to play there and asked for much money. After all, we only heard the tournament`s director position.

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Too much success too quickly corrupts the mind. Great player though
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This might be a problem. Times are tough now and the tournaments probably don't attract sponsors easily. Attracting spectators might be difficult as well. This may not be the right time to ask for a huge appearance fee.
The trend is continuing to move away from top 10 players being willing to play these 250 events except at times when there's a big reason to do so - like Queens/Halle for example.

I wouldn't be surprised to see a number of smaller tournaments, particularly ones in "bad" calendar weeks, fold over the next decade or so.
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So what? After all the whining over the season being too long, suddenly the players are not playing enough matches?
No point comparing todays fees to those ten years ago. The schedule is different and so are the sums of money involved.
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So what? After all the whining over the season being too long, suddenly the players are not playing enough matches?
No point comparing todays fees to those ten years ago. The schedule is different and so are the sums of money involved.
The season is not too long. No best of fives except for the Grand Slams and bye's...

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I think the tour could comfortably afford to lose 5 of the smaller tournaments, but the bigger issue here is the need to increase the length of the off-season. It's no good dropping tournaments out of the calendar if it doesn't have the impact of compressing the season by a few weeks.

Most players don't complain about the amount of matches they have to play, but that they have to have themselves in match mentality from January to the end of November.
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I don`t think that San Jose has at all a bad list of players taking part of an ATP250. On the other hand, I don`t find it ethic at all that the tournament director has to make it public that he offered a player a certain amount of money to be part of it and the player decided that the amount is not enough. Maybe he didn`t offered Delpo the same amount that Rotterdam offered (if so) to Djokovic, Davydenko or Soderling to play there. Or maybe Delpo didn`t wanted to play there and asked for much money. After all, we only heard the tournament`s director position.
Tournament directors AND players usually try to keep the appearance fees a 'secret', but of course it leaks out 'through the grapevine', once in a while. DelPotro is a GS-winner, a true top dog, so his appearance fee should be in the 6-digit range at least. Asking for too much money is indeed a reknown way of finding yourself in the position of not having to play a tournament which you don't want to be playing... but of course tournament directors may end up being pretty pissy about it, hence their not-so-positive reactions about it.

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Bill Rapp SAP Open tournament director, San Jose Calif.

./. But Rapp's challenge is to keep foreign players coming back after they've hit it big. Rapp acknowledges that appearance fees are a huge part of pro tennis, and it's his job to determine which players are likely to offset those fees

"Del Potro loved playing here," Rapp said. "But it was a situation where he wanted more money than Agassi wanted in his day. Great player, but also, too, we have to be fiscally responsible."

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