BNP Paribas Open prize money increase in doubt
INDIAN WELLS — In addressing tennis players’ concerns over prize money from their tournament this year, BNP Paribas Open CEO Raymond Moore has offered to increase prize money by $1.6 million — $800,000 for each tour — with the bulk of that money to be distributed to the winners of the first three rounds.
To Moore’s surprise, the men’s ATP Tour did not approve the increase in a vote Tuesday.
“This is a surprise to us,” Moore said. “We don’t have an explanation. We are waiting for the ATP to get back to us.”
Moore said the ATP board voted 3-3, with CEO Brad Drewett abstaining from the vote. Since hearing the news, Moore said he sent an email to Drewett to see if the tour would set conditions for approval, but had not heard back. http://www.mydesert.com/article/2012...0701/311060025