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Old 11-03-2012, 03:47 PM   #1891
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And I read in a Swiss press article that the appearance fee given to D'jokovic and Murray by the Swiss Indoors Open was much higher than what Roger had been receiving but obviously Roger is the biggest draw by far. Rene Stauffer mentioned in a twitter that Roger wanted to be treated fairly.
Roger is the person who attracts the people in Basel. Well, not only there: When we have a look around the world the stadions are always packed when he plays...

Djokovic asked for more money to play in Basel this year again and Roger Brennwald decided to get Murray instead of him then.

So it's not only Roger who asks for a better payment.

Every player will try to get the best possible out of a contract.

When you read the thread on GM about this topic you would get the idea that some people think that their favorite player is playing only for the love of the game...

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And the turnover of the tournament this year is about CHF20 million (I wonder if tickets of Basel Open are the most expensive with average at CHF 250, barring tickets of some SF/Final rounds of grand slams).
I paid about 770 € last year for the whole week and about 1000 € for the week this year.
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Matt Cronin | Friday, November 02, 2012


Pierre Paganini, the longtime fitness trainer of Roger Federer, tells the New York Times that the 31-year-old has not lost any speed.

“I’m convinced that he has not lost a step,” Paganini said. “You also can’t forget that Roger has a quality of anticipation that is enormous. In tennis, you don’t only need to be fast. You need to run cleanly and use speed intelligently, and Roger is very intelligent in this department. It’s court vision, anticipation, maturity.”

Paginini added that the reason why Federer has never suffered a major injury is because he knows recovery is an important part of the process.

“So for him it’s natural to recover after a series of tournaments and then he’s even more motivated to start training again,” he said. “What I find interesting is that he is just as motivated now as he was as a junior. I’d say even more so for the physical training. When he was young, he was an artist who wanted to be an artist. Now he’s an artist who knows exactly what he needs to do to express his virtuosity.”
Not sure I'd completely agree with Paginini - certainly moving to his right, Fed is noticeably slower on some days
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Roger is the person who attracts the people in Basel. Well, not only there: When we have a look around the world the stadions are always packed when he plays...
You've witnessed in person the recieval Roger got in Amsterdam,
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I paid about 770 € last year for the whole week and about 1000 € for the week this year.
Wow...that is a 30% price increase!! and they didn't need to pay the appearance fee of Andy Murray this year after Murray pulled out.
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...Top+Stories%29

Federer takes on role as backroom power broker
Douglas Robson, Special for USA TODAY



STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Roger Federer goes for his seventh ATP World Tour Finals title this week
  • Off the court, Federer has been a leader on the players council
  • Federer has worked hard to get players a larger piece of revenue from majors

7:59PM EST November 4. 2012 - LONDON -- In a career spanning three decades, Roger Federer has assumed an increasing number of roles -- husband, father, company spokesman, and of course, to many, greatest player of all time.

His latest is among the most unexpected, especially for a man raised in a country known for its benign neutrality: backroom power broker.

But after leading the ATP Tour Player Council as president the last three years, Federer has become a savvy student of the laws of political governance.

"It's been a great life-school," said the tri-lingual Swiss star Sunday as he prepared to defend his season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title. "Can you say that?"

Federer's main job remains winning tennis matches. On Tuesday, the 17-time Grand Slam champ from Switzerland opens his round-robin campaign in the elite eight-player field against Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.

With a record six year-end titles, Federer will be seeking to extend that record and add luster to an already sparkling season that included six titles, including a record-tying seventh Wimbledon; a return and healthy stay at No. 1; and an Olympic silver medal.

"It's been very solid," Federer said.

But perhaps not as enduring as his off-court endeavors.

Much of Federer's behind-the-scenes work this year has focused on persuading the four majors to share a larger piece of the revenue pie with players. He has also lobbied that a larger percentage of prize money go to earlier rounds to rectify a growing income distribution gap.

That work has increasingly fallen on his shoulders, as both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, once Player Council members, left their leadership positions.

Take his pre-tournament schedule last month at the Masters event in Shanghai.


Under added security because of death threats, Federer arrived on a Friday and discussed strategy with ATP player and board representatives till about 1 a.m. He practiced the next morning, spent about 7 hours in meetings with various representatives of the Grand Slams and still attended the player party Saturday night.

On Sunday evening, he hosted three hours of meetings in his hotel room with the Player Council, ATP executive staff, and U.S. Open executives -- all before he struck a match ball.

"Roger has so many demands on his schedule and the fact that he is investing so much time into the player council and these negotiations shows his character and how much he cares for the future of the sport," doubles specialist and council member Eric Butorac of the USA wrote in a recent email. "I believe it is very unprecedented to have a top player so involved."

It's not just Federer's time than matters. It's his clout.


"I think having someone like him on the council can be a big benefit, especially if you're going into important meetings with the Grand Slams," No. 3 Andy Murray said Saturday.

Reserved by nature, Federer has come a long way in understanding the needs and concerns of everyone from players ranked well outside the top 50 to doubles specialists.

"Managing and supporting all the players has been very challenging and very interesting," said Federer, who sat down with USA TODAY Sports on Sunday.

Federer did not slip into the role of leader without some angst.

As a young man, Federer says he shirked responsibility -- or in his words, "I used to run away from taking decisions."

"I never saw tennis this way -- doing that many different things," he said. "I thought it was a little bit of press, practicing and playing matches. That's it. Maybe I was a bit naďve."

But he says he's learned to handle the stress level of various constituents needing immediate answers because he wants to leave the game in a better place when he's gone.

"Today I actually enjoy doing it," he said. "I have some power and some leadership I guess. I like using that for the best for everyone involved."

It is, like his precise shotmaking and fluid movements, a delicate balancing act. Demands can stretch on and on. The mind can become weary. Focus can waver.

"I have to be careful I don't do too much because I am there to play well," he said. "I don't want to be exhausted once I get to the match court. I don't want to be tired at the end of the third set mentally because I've just done too much. It's always a bit of a balance, but with experience I think I've gotten the hang of it."

Federer has been called out by his peers, including his arch-rival Rafael Nadal, for perhaps hewing too closely to his cautious Swiss roots and not pushing hard enough for change.

But Federer was not shy in pointing out that in his extended absence due to knee problems, 26-year-old Nadal has been largely MIA from the players' push for a larger share of revenues from the majors.

"Players do look up to Rafa, so it would be nice to see him maybe a bit more engaged," Federer said.

Despite threats of a boycott and other hard-line tactics -- for tennis -- Federer and his fellow players and ATP executives have shepherded successes.

The French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open each contributed a larger percentage of prize money to earlier rounds this season.

The Australian Open will do the same in January, and in a pre-emptive strike already announced the biggest year-over-year prize money increase in its history.

More important, Federer said, is the "productive" dialogue taking place.

"I'm happy that we've gotten to the table with the Slams and been able to explain our case," he said.


At 31, Federer is brushing up against the usual threshold when age undermines skill, which means every minute and every decision he makes counts.

In that regard, time management might just be the Swiss' biggest asset. He seems to have found a formula that works.

Federer has never retired in a professional match and is four appearances short of tying Wayne Ferreira's mark of 56 consecutive Grand Slams played -- an astounding statistic considering how deep he routinely goes.

In a packed season that included the London Games, Federer has had to be extra cautious, which is why he withdrew from the indoor Paris Masters last week with a niggling leg injury.

"You can always play one more match, but I have to look at the big picture," he said.

Not known to chase numbers, Federer confessed that he had tweaked his schedule to play the Shanghai Masters and keep his No. 1 ranking alive a few more weeks, whereas in other times he might have taken a rest after a long summer.

That allowed him to become the first player to hold the top spot for more than 300 weeks and move well past Sampras' 286 weeks at No. 1 -- a record he had trailed by just one week.

"It would have been great to take a rest, but the 300 and Shanghai was that important to me," he said.

After 302 nonconsecutive weeks in that position, Federer will fall to No. 2 Monday behind Djokovic, who will finish the year No. 1 regardless of the results in London.

"The goal was to get back to No. 1, not finish the year end No. 1," Federer said. That's exactly how it all happened. I'm happy that I achieved my goals. It was an exciting season with many, many highlights. Again, I learned a lot. I'm busy. I have a lot on my plate."

Still, with four different majors winners in 2012 for the first time in nine years, a victory here by Federer, Australian Open titlist Djokovic or U.S. Open champ Murray could earn unofficial bragging rights for the mythical player-of–the-year honors.

Federer disagreed.

"I really do believe the No. 1 is the guy ranked No. 1 at the end of the year," he said of Australian Open champion Djokovic. "I think that shouldn't be taken away from him."

Paul Annacone knows better than most that leadership and excellence, especially in individual sports, rarely go hand in hand.

"I think Roger has taken pride in being involved," says Annacone, who coached Sampras for much of his career. "Pete was someone who wanted less distraction and more simple. While there are conflicts involved and issues to deal with he's enjoying his role in working with other players to do the right thing. Thankfully he wants to leave the game better than when he got there."

It doesn't always sit perfectly with Annacone, but he can't begrudge Federer's efforts.

"For me sometimes as a coach it's tricky because I want to make sure his mind is clear too and just play his tennis," he said.

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ATP WORLD TOUR AWARDS 2012
DJOKOVIC, FEDERER, BRYAN BROTHERS SCOOP PAIR OF ATP WORLD TOUR AWARDS
London, England
by Press Release | 05.11.2012



Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and the No. 1 duo of Bob and Mike Bryan each take home a pair of honours in the 2012 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon.

Djokovic, who receives the ATP World Tour No. 1 award for a second straight year, has also been selected as the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year for his contributions through the Novak Djokovic Foundation, his role as a UNICEF ambassador and other charitable ventures.

Defending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champion Federer continues his domination in two categories respectively selected by his peers and fans, taking his total to 24 ATP World Tour Awards since 2003. The 31-year-old Swiss collects the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the eighth time, and extends his reign as the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by RICOH to a record 10th straight year.

The Bryans have also been named repeat recipients of two doubles awards: ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team and ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite. The 34-year-old twins have now won each award a record eight times.

The trio will be presented with their trophies in on-court ceremonies this week at The O2. The Ron Bookman Media Award and ATP Tournament of the Year Awards will be announced at a later date.

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Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (voted by ATP players)


Roger Federer : Fellow players voted the Swiss as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the eighth time and second year in a row. He had won the award six straight years from 2004-09 before Rafael Nadal broke the streak in 2011. Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro and David Ferrer were also nominated in this category.



(Singles) Roger Federer: The 31-year-old Swiss has been voted ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by RICOH for a record 10th straight year, receiving 57 per cent of all votes cast. British No. 1 Andy Murray finished second, just ahead of Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
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Im happy he had both. I was able to vote with 3 emails. It's interesting to know how his % was the last years he won the fan award.
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Not known to chase numbers, Federer confessed that he had tweaked his schedule to play the Shanghai Masters and keep his No. 1 ranking alive a few more weeks, whereas in other times he might have taken a rest after a long summer.

That allowed him to become the first player to hold the top spot for more than 300 weeks and move well past Sampras' 286 weeks at No. 1 -- a record he had trailed by just one week.

"It would have been great to take a rest, but the 300 and Shanghai was that important to me," he said.
Hmm. Yes. I did wonder ...
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Im happy he had both. I was able to vote with 3 emails. It's interesting to know how his % was the last years he won the fan award.
I think it was already around 50% last year.

I voted with only one email : I want to be honest
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But perhaps not as enduring as his off-court endeavors.

Much of Federer's behind-the-scenes work this year has focused on persuading the four majors to share a larger piece of the revenue pie with players. He has also lobbied that a larger percentage of prize money go to earlier rounds to rectify a growing income distribution gap.

That work has increasingly fallen on his shoulders, as both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, once Player Council members, left their leadership positions.

Take his pre-tournament schedule last month at the Masters event in Shanghai.


Under added security because of death threats, Federer arrived on a Friday and discussed strategy with ATP player and board representatives till about 1 a.m. He practiced the next morning, spent about 7 hours in meetings with various representatives of the Grand Slams and still attended the player party Saturday night.

On Sunday evening, he hosted three hours of meetings in his hotel room with the Player Council, ATP executive staff, and U.S. Open executives -- all before he struck a match ball.

"Roger has so many demands on his schedule and the fact that he is investing so much time into the player council and these negotiations shows his character and how much he cares for the future of the sport," doubles specialist and council member Eric Butorac of the USA wrote in a recent email. "I believe it is very unprecedented to have a top player so involved."

It's not just Federer's time than matters. It's his clout.


"I think having someone like him on the council can be a big benefit, especially if you're going into important meetings with the Grand Slams," No. 3 Andy Murray said Saturday.

Reserved by nature, Federer has come a long way in understanding the needs and concerns of everyone from players ranked well outside the top 50 to doubles specialists.

"Managing and supporting all the players has been very challenging and very interesting," said Federer, who sat down with USA TODAY Sports on Sunday.

Federer did not slip into the role of leader without some angst.

As a young man, Federer says he shirked responsibility -- or in his words, "I used to run away from taking decisions."

"I never saw tennis this way -- doing that many different things," he said. "I thought it was a little bit of press, practicing and playing matches. That's it. Maybe I was a bit naďve."

But he says he's learned to handle the stress level of various constituents needing immediate answers because he wants to leave the game in a better place when he's gone.

"Today I actually enjoy doing it," he said. "I have some power and some leadership I guess. I like using that for the best for everyone involved."
For months, I've thought that the amount of work he's had to do on that has been hugely underrated in the tough period we have known for more than one year.

It must have been very tiring and worrying.

And I was surprised that he has not praised at all for that : imo it shows that MTFers know nothing about political job, it's not at all talking in the media (which seems to be the only thing remembered), there's a lot of real work behind !

Even worse not only didn't he get any praise for that, but also in such a position, you can only receive critics like Stakhovsky's, and in France, the critics of the French Tennis Federation and newspaper l'Equipe who have campaigned against him personally in an attempt to protect the French open's prize money.

Personally I would have preferred him to stay away from all those things as Nadal did : all you can get in those things is critics and worries.

But in another way, I think it's good for tennis that he cared so much and that, like Ljubicic or Nieminen, there were some old and sensible guys dealing about those things when more loopy guys like Nadal and Stakhovsky dealt with those dangerously, especially about the boycott.
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I'm only partway through it so far, but nice to see his backhand getting a good workout :-)
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an interview, unfortunately transcripted in French, of Madeleine Barlöcher, who was responsible of junior players in Old Boys Tennis Club Basel, and especially Roger between 1989 and 1995 :

http://www.welovetennis.fr/interviews/58864-barlocher
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That was a really nice interview, thanks, duong. I particularly liked the story about the smash!
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