To be serious, does anyone know what the range for appearance fees are for top players?
When I went to Scottsdale a couple years ago (2004 I believe), there was an article about it in the newspaper. I distinctly remember what it said because I was so
- it said Agassi got $300,000 (though he pulled out with the same sciatic injury that ended his career), Roddick got $150,000, and the other players all got a remaining $150,000 COMBINED. Granted the rest of the field was pretty weak, but it just really shocked me to see in black and white how much these small tourneys really need and rely on the one or two stars in their field that they're willing to throw THAT kind of money at them. And that was a couple years ago, I bet it's higher now for the top guys.
On the other hand, I've heard other tourneys are less, I think I read somewhere that Houston was more like $25,000-$50,000 for the top players (but I don't know how accurate that is)... it may be one of those things where some of the more established tourneys that have a group of players who really like and enjoy coming back every year are willing to take less money to play there.
In any case, appearance fees certainly appear to dictate a lot of what happens at the smaller events.