I wonder about that too, I think it depends on the players...
Gasquet and Monfils did get financial support from Lagardère at the beginning, that's how everything started, I think. Now with the whole Team thing going, I suppose they just don't need to pay for all the staff and training structures?
But there was an interview of Jeremiasz lately in GrandChelem and he said that except a few ones, the players have to pay to be part of the Team Lagardère.
Maybe I misunderstood the whole thing
but this is what their official website says:
Supporting high-level athletes
As part of its determination to promote high-level sporting ability, the Lagardère group has put in place an innovative policy, largely through TeamLagardère, which was designed to support the training and development of young athletes. Those who wish to can also take advantage of personalized assistance, to the extent and under the conditions that suit them.
The players who benefit from the various levels of support available can be classified in three main categories:
* Players trained in full by TeamLagardère (tennis, physical training and assessment tests). These include such names as Ascione, Benneteau, Devilder, Llodra, Mahut and Roger-Vasselin. This kind of support is also offered to some of the most promising young players in French tennis, who train in the Team Espoir section at the Sophia Antipolis site.
* Players whose physical training is funded by TeamLagardère and who are monitored by its scientific centre of expertise, but who work with an outside coach. Examples include Mary Pierce and Gaël Monfils.
* Players who receive purely financial assistance from the Lagardère group and members of the Paris Jean-Bouin centre (federal or private coaching), for example Gasquet, Mathieu and Jérémiasz.
The Lagardère group currently supports 18 tennis players, from young hopefuls to some of the biggest names in the game.