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Old 08-26-2012, 05:19 PM   #136
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:46 PM   #137
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"The Australian Open is the weakest of the four Slams".

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Old 08-26-2012, 06:21 PM   #138
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Does anyone know what happened on this issue in the mandatory ATP at the US Open yesterday (Saturday)? Next steps?

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Does anyone know what happened on this issue in the mandatory ATP at the US Open yesterday (Saturday)? Next steps?

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From Cronin's twitter:

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ATP brass says it has told players it will not organize a boycott of Aussie Open over prize $. Taking diplomatic route with Slams.
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ATP brass says it has told players it will not organize a boycott of Aussie Open over prize $. Taking diplomatic route with Slams.
So there was some truth in that article after all. Most of it was made up but it was worth a thread. Not sure it had to be this long though .
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:30 PM   #141
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Didn't really read the whole thing, but this little number caught my eye:

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The Australian Open is the weakest of the four Slams because of a combination of date and distance and is therefore the most assailable. It does not have Wimbledon's tradition and reputation, for example.
If someone's criteria for a strong major consists of tradition and dates, then I'm not sure they genuinely follow tennis. The past year or so aside, the Australian Open has easily been one of the most exciting tournaments of the season. Its surface once lended itself to the broadest variety of styles. Accordingly, it has had great matches from the tournament's onset, plenty of epics to look back on, surprising runs against talented players, and plenty of exciting aspects.

It'd be a shame if it were to revert back to its former state after such a great climb in tennis over the past twenty-something years.

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AO organisers are confident the players will be there.

http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2012/0...boycott-not-on
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AO organisers are confident the players will be there.

http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2012/0...boycott-not-on
If #2 and #3 want to skip it I won't care.
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AO organisers are confident the players will be there.

http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2012/0...boycott-not-on
Of course they'll be there. All the boycott talk is utter bullshit. Love the scrubs puffing out their chest like a bunch of barnyard roosters and then playing anyway because the money they getting for mugging around for 2 hours and losing still beats what they get in some clown challenger event. Lol.
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Too bad no Dubai Open GS.
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Now the tennis Australia are on the whining offensive .

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/spo...oycott-not-on/

It's interesting how the AO's boss is voicing the same concerns members on this website are. He is calling for the increase in Futures and Challengers prize money and points out GS prize money has been on the up for some time now.

Here is what he says which obviously makes a lot of sense but I don't expect Nadal and Djokovic to start fighting for this cause any time soon.

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"From 1980 to 2011, per tournament, grand slam prize money has increased by 1095 per cent," Tiley said.

"(Prize money on) the ATP Tour has increased by 216 per cent and the Challengers and the Futures level tournaments decreased by 15 per cent.

"In 1985, a Futures event was $15,000. Today, it's $15,000. So that's a problem.

"I look at that as being the biggest problem because it hasn't changed in 30 years, 25 years."

"Just looking at the slams as the solution is short-sighted. I think the solution lies in the governance of the sport, it lies in the feeder events, the Futures and Challengers."

Above all, Tiley believes there should be one governing body, rather than the seven currently controlling tennis.
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:59 AM   #147
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"From 1980 to 2011, per tournament, grand slam prize money has increased by 1095 per cent," Tiley said.

"(Prize money on) the ATP Tour has increased by 216 per cent and the Challengers and the Futures level tournaments decreased by 15 per cent.

"In 1985, a Futures event was $15,000. Today, it's $15,000. So that's a problem.

"I look at that as being the biggest problem because it hasn't changed in 30 years, 25 years."

This is exactly the problem I was referring to earlier in this thread.
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Tennis is a very interesting parallel to what's been going on in the "real" economy in the last 30 years or so, which wealth for those at the top of the sport rising dramatically while those lower down the food chain find their earnings are stagnant, if not actually declining in real terms. And it's not like this has led to a healthy global economy. I doubt it's doing much good for the long term health of tennis either.
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Oh well, shit happens I guess. If we lose our right to host it, then so be it.
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Now the tennis Australia are on the whining offensive .

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/spo...oycott-not-on/

It's interesting how the AO's boss is voicing the same concerns members on this website are. He is calling for the increase in Futures and Challengers prize money and points out GS prize money has been on the up for some time now.

Here is what he says which obviously makes a lot of sense but I don't expect Nadal and Djokovic to start fighting for this cause any time soon.
Why single out Nadal and Djokovic?! Haven't heard Fed talk about challenger prize money and he's the one who's now the President for the third successive term - if he wants all the power then he should take the lead. Neither Nadal nor Djokovic are on the Council and they have no more responsibility to speak out than Murray, Ferrer, Tsonga or any other top players - all these guys are multi-millionaires and the future of the sport should matter to all of them.

Good on Tiley - he's brought up the main issue. Everyone has to play Futures and Challengers - it should be a viable revenue stream for players and should have greater exposure overall. Places like the UK could certainly advertise Challengers better and get local clubs involved to boost crowds - there is no visibility at all of the Challenger level even though it is rightfully the breeding ground for future talent (as well as the only place where some professionals will ever play). Why not sell it as an opportunity for you to see the next Murray, Nadal or Federer? All this attention on Shanghai etc. but no focus on places where there is an interest in tennis which just isn't harnessed properly....
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