Federer, Nadal and Djokovic pander to plutocrats and charge huge appearance fees. The "trickle down effect" means that tournaments like the Heineken Open now have to pay appearance money for racketeers that many of us have never heard of. It's close to extortion.
At the end of Federer's first round match at the Australian Open a fawning interviewer asked about his kids and if he had bought coach Stefan Edberg a birthday present - no, by the way, the privilege of knocking up with 'King Roger' was enough of a present apparently.
Ferrer Retains Buenos Aires Trophy; Wins 20th Title
World No. 4 David Ferrer successfully retained his title at the Copa Claro on Sunday in Buenos Aires, defeating third seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to clinch his 20th ATP World Tour trophy.
“I am very happy for this title. I cannot describe it with other words,” said Ferrer. “It’s very hard to win back-to-back titles, and this tournament in Buenos Aires is always very tough. I am very proud.”