Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Northern California.
Re: Is it true?
Appearance fees (or 'guarantees') are paid to players to entice them to play in a tournament (ranging from say $10,000 up to a million, rumor has it). Believe me, Andre Agassi doesn't show up in San Jose every year hoping to win that $35,000 winners check (or whatever it is these days). Most of the top players get them, or whoever the tourny organizers believe will sell tickets. JMG still gets them for some of the tournaments he plays because he popular regardless of his ranking.
Everyone knows about them, no one likes to talk about them.
Best twitter posts of the epic match:
@dougrobson - Whoever is supplying Mahut with hair gel needs to ink a sponsorship deal now.
@Wimbledon - FYI, with @Wimbledon live scoring devices, please add 50 to the games in the fifth set of the Isner v Mahut match.
@HolterMedia - Nice to see that a three-day test has come to tennis here @wimbledon.
Andy wearring Crocs, courtesy of Smitty8