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Federer signs life time agreement with Halle?

SheepleBuster
06-07-2010, 12:28 AM
Is that even allowed? I mean did he get paid extra to do that?

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2010/06/23/Halle-Federer-Lifetime-Contract.aspx

And what happens if he retires in 2 years? Now that'd be tough on the tournament. They need better players though

andy neyer
06-07-2010, 12:37 AM
This Federer may drop to number 2 tomorrow but still has money in his eyes :lol:

I think years ago he signed a lifetime agreement with Wilson too.

And what happens if he retires in 2 years?

Well, the agreement is until the end of Fed's career so I guess that's not an issue. I am kind of interested in knowing what if he gets injured or is too tired to play Halle after the FO...

Pirata.
06-07-2010, 12:38 AM
He's Federer, he does what he wants :rolleyes:

jenanun
06-07-2010, 01:19 AM
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

megadeth
06-07-2010, 01:42 AM
what's in it for him, a sure kick-ass draw? :p

as if most of the top 10 prefer playing in halle than in queens.

manadrainer
06-08-2010, 10:28 AM
Why Federer has never played Queens? I think it's a more prestigious grass event...

paseo
06-08-2010, 12:24 PM
Why Federer has never played Queens? I think it's a more prestigious grass event...

The courts in Halle are more similar to Wimbledon than Queens.

ApproachShot
06-08-2010, 12:30 PM
Shame that I'll never be able to see him play at Queen's then. I would have liked him to make at least a cameo appearance at the British warmup event for Wimbledon at some point in his career.

Bilbo
06-08-2010, 12:33 PM
Why Federer has never played Queens? I think it's a more prestigious grass event...

halle has a better atmosphere and better weather. also the courts are better imo. queens is old school.

william_renshaw
06-08-2010, 01:05 PM
Halle has better spectator facilities - a much bigger centre court and a roof. queens has better quality courts, and of course all the history and tradition. I respect Fed's decision to play in Halle - he obviously has done well there in the past, enjoys playing in Germany, and doesn't want to run into his major rivals on grass before wimbledon.

Anyway, Queens once again has an exceptional line-up this year - many top stars competing, including Nadal, Murray, Roddick, Djokovic, Schuettler. Can't complain about that.

Acer
06-08-2010, 01:08 PM
Halle's also always been great for Federer as far as his preperation for Wimbledon goes. You really can't seem him ever changing to Queens.

ApproachShot
06-08-2010, 01:20 PM
What are the criteria that a tournament must fulfil to be an ATP 500? Personally I think Helle more than fits the bill. And as far as the lineups in Doha and Queens go, they're usually far better than most ATP 500 tournaments. Hardly surprising, given the lack of proper warmup tournaments (ie. a Masters on that surface) prior to the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Acer
06-08-2010, 01:23 PM
And yet they insist on having 2 Masters AFTER the AO (and don't get me started on how long they take) and 357 Masters on clay. But let's not turn this thread into another rant about the current schedule.

andy neyer
06-08-2010, 01:26 PM
Wimbledon should me moved a couple of weeks forward and Halle and Queens one week (and be made ATP 500).

I dunno what they haven't done this. I know some people wouldn't like to see anything changed with their beloved Wimby but a couple of weeks changes virtually nothing. I think it would even benefit the Wimby organizors becuase it would help to prepare the players better for the tournament.

People complain that we don't have good grass court players but how can we have them when they only play 3 or 2 weeks a year on grass...

ApproachShot
06-08-2010, 01:36 PM
I agree with you andy, but there needs to be further changes than just that. There are currently 5 Masters 1000 tournaments prior to the French Open and precisely none leading up to the Australian Open or Wimbledon.

I don't think many of the juniors out there today would find it a worthwhile investment of their time to hone their grass court skills given the dearth of tournaments on the surface. A bit sad really for the sport in the modern day, given its evolution from the early days of lawn tennis.

andy neyer
06-08-2010, 01:42 PM
I agree with you andy, but there needs to be further changes than just that. There are currently 5 Masters 1000 tournaments prior to the French Open and precisely none leading up to the Australian Open or Wimbledon.

I don't think many of the juniors out there today would find it a worthwhile investment of their time to hone their grass court skills given the dearth of tournaments on the surface. A bit sad really for the sport in the modern day, given its evolution from the early days of lawn tennis.

Believe me, it it were up to me we'd be seeing a whole different schedule than the one we have now. I only mentioned that thing about Wimby and Halle/Queens because it doesn't seem like a complicated thing to do at the moment.

FormerRafaFan
06-08-2010, 01:46 PM
I agree with you andy, but there needs to be further changes than just that. There are currently 5 Masters 1000 tournaments prior to the French Open and precisely none leading up to the Australian Open or Wimbledon.

I don't think many of the juniors out there today would find it a worthwhile investment of their time to hone their grass court skills given the dearth of tournaments on the surface. A bit sad really for the sport in the modern day, given its evolution from the early days of lawn tennis.

I agree. There should be at least one 500 on grass. Queens should be 500, look at all those who participate.. 8 out of the top 10 players!

william_renshaw
06-08-2010, 04:20 PM
Grass court season should be 5 weeks not 4, and the 2nd of these 5 weeks should be a masters 1000 tourny - halle has the facilities.

players are getting no decent preparation for wimbledon.

Where will this extra week come from? Get rid of Indian Wells, or make it a 1-week event.