In a statement earlier today, the ATP made it clear that their players do not fully support the new US Open changes announced Friday:
2013 PRIZE MONEY
The prize money increase announced by the US Open for 2013 is appreciated and, together with the 2012 increase, represents the largest increase by the US Open since the ATP Tour began in 1990. However, over the last nine months the ATP and its players have asked that the US Open fully recognise the fundamental role of the players in driving US Open revenues, which are the largest in our sport.
The ATP therefore remains committed to continuing discussions on this issue, with the objective of ensuring that the players’ share of the revenues at the US Open truly reflects the value that they generate for the event.
2013 MONDAY FINAL
By modifying the schedule to allow a rest day between the semi-finals and the final, the US Open has recognised the incredible physical demands of men’s tennis.
However, the ATP and its players have made it clear to the US Open that we do not support a Monday final. We strongly believe the US Open should keep a similar schedule to the other Grand Slams, with the men’s semi-finals completed by Friday and the final on Sunday. It is unfortunate the US Open response did not reflect our views on this issue and the ATP and its players will continue to pursue this matter in its discussions with the USTA.
From the release, the ATP players “appreciated” the US Open prize money increase of $4 million dollars (men/women will each get $2 million after split) but it still doesn’t give them what they feel is a big enough share of the pie when factoring in the overall revenues generated by them for the tournament. The Australian Open recently raised their prize money by a similar figure, but the Australian doesn’t have the revenues that the US Open generates and therefore on a percentage basis the tournament is valuing the players more.
And while the tour welcomed the day of rest between the semifinals and finals, the move to a Monday in 2013 was not what they had hoped for. The players made it clear that the tournament should end on Sunday like the other three Slams which play their semifinals/finals on Friday/Sunday
Because of inclement weather the tournament has held its men’s final on Monday the last five years.
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