After five straight years of unscheduled Monday men’s finals due to inclement weather, the US Open finally gave in to Mother Nature and player demands by officially announcing today that men’s championship will be moved to Monday for the 2013 event.
Under the new final weekend schedule, the men’s final will be played at 5pm ET on Monday. The lucrative “Super Saturday” men’s semifinal afternoon remains intact but now the winners earn a much-needed day off to prepare which should appease the finalists and lessen if not end any player outrage over the schedule.
“I’m pleased that the USTA has modified the US Open schedule to include a day of rest between the semifinals and final,” said 2012 winner Andy Murray. “Together with the prize money increase, its good that they’ve taken on board the players’ concerns.”
The women’s final, which had been played Saturday night and faced stiff competition from college football on in U.S. TV landscape, will now move to Sunday 4:30pm.
“Both the prize money increase and the addition of a day of rest are great for the players,” said Serena Williams, 2012 US Open winner. “These moves make the tournament stronger than it’s ever been for all players.”
CBS will continue to televise the final four days of the event in the U.S., though if the men’s final runs long the broadcast will run into Monday Night Football.
The tournament also announced a prize money bump of $4 million to a record $29.5 million. The distribution of the money is still to be determined. The Australian Open recently raised their total outlay by a similar $4 million dollar amount, an increased welcomed by the players. Although the US Open revenues far exceed those in Melbourne.
With the latest news half of the four Grand Slams in tennis are now 15-day tournaments, the French Open the other.
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