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i have a question. in your country, players who play in davis cup are paid by the national federation?
in italy yes (i think it is an horrible thing to take money to defend your flag in an international league).

and you?
 

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I would imagine the respective organisations pay their team: LTA pays Team GB. And I think that the ITF/Davis Cup gives the organisations the prize money?

p_r, it is not taking money to defend your flag as such-the money is to enable the players to make a living. They need to pay for everything remember, and at the end of the day, it is work.
 

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sorry i don't think that play in davis cup (who many matches in a year could play? ten?) is "work". if you accept to play for your country, you play for free. if not, no one asks you to play. at least in the big nations. obviously this is my personal opinion expressed in a bad english...i suppose!
 

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i think in Spain players recieve some money as a part of the prize the ITF gives at the end of the tie, also in Finals they recieve an extra money if they win
but i'm not 100% sure
 

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so you mean a prize money in case of victory... i think this is a good thing, but not take money before the match!
 

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What's the problem in getting paid for playing for yours or any country? I see no problems. If you are going to be asked to practice, travel, do press conferences and win for your country why do it for free? I'm sure "your country" will be taking tax from your earnings anyway.
 

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I agree that money shouldn't be involved.
 

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It's one weekend, I don't think money should be paid, expecially prior to the tournament.
 

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I know some female tennis players have refused to play Fed Cup because of the money issue
 

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piccola_romana said:
sorry i don't think that play in davis cup (who many matches in a year could play? ten?) is "work". if you accept to play for your country, you play for free. if not, no one asks you to play. at least in the big nations. obviously this is my personal opinion expressed in a bad english...i suppose!
And do you think footballers should play for Italy in the World Cup for free? If not, what do you think is the difference between a professional tennis player and a professional footballer?
 

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Where does the ITF get this money from? Ticket sales of DC ties? :scratch:

I was under the impression that the nation's federation paid for all the travel/expenses (hotel, etc.) for their team for each tie so the players don't have to put out money to partcipate in DC.

I can understand giving money to players ranked outside the Top 75 money because otherwise they would probably be playing a challenger that week for prize money. I'm a bit :unsure: about players ranked 50-75, and I don't think anyone inside the Top 50 needs the money as they should all be earning a decent living on the tour. Just my two cents on the subject.
 

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Since many /most look at this as their job- I expect they feel that they deserve/require the pay. Whatever works.
 

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I don't see the players doing it all for free...or maybe they really deeply care about DC. :confused:
 

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The venues where the Davis Cup is held profit. The ITF makes money to pay their employees. Why shouldn't the players be paid if the guys behind the scenes earn money?
 

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try and look at it from a lower-ranked player's perspective...

they probably don't earn much from tournament prize-money etc to cover travel expenses, and they'd feel obliged to play if their country doesn't have a lot of top-ranked guys. they'd probably rather not get paid, but they do need the money to make their way back to the country in which the tie takes place and pay for accomodation as well (or is accomodation provided?).
 

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Well, the federations make money selling tickets to DC ties. Since most players are professionals and they are not playing a charity event, why shouldn't they got paid? If they should not get paid for playing for the countries, are you also saying the soldiers should not get paid for defending their countries too?

And for top 50 players shouldn't get paid because they make good prize money: are you saying we should discriminate against players that are actually good in what they are doing?
 

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piccola_romana said:
sorry i don't think that play in davis cup (who many matches in a year could play? ten?) is "work". if you accept to play for your country, you play for free. if not, no one asks you to play. at least in the big nations. obviously this is my personal opinion expressed in a bad english...i suppose!

lol of course they are paid, and the players from major countries are paid a LOT by their national federations for this. The players are professionals and they give up big opportunities for ranking points and money to play Davis Cup. It's normal for them to be compensated.
 
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