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Old 11-01-2012, 05:48 PM   #216
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Originally Posted by Dan Lobb View Post
If they had strong talent, they waited to win a major, and make a huge amount more in their first contract.
In the 1960's, the amateur game had more money. Look at Emmo and Santana, they made more as amateurs.
What do you mean by "the amateur game had more money"? Do you know what amateurism means? Of course, in terms of money within the game itself, the amateur game was supported and financed by the ILTF and the national associations, while the professional game was left to its own devices and it was up to the professional promotors. The amateur game was stable due to being run officially by the tennis authorities, while the professional game was far more chaotic due to the fact that the margin between success and failure in terms of business was slim by comparison.

The point of professional sports is that you openly play for a guaranteed pool of prize money, providing that the promotor of a pro tournament actually covers his/her costs. With amateur sports, there is no guaranteed prize money. Emerson and Santana got paid money under the table when they were amateurs, which is another matter altogether, giving rise to the term "shamateur".

Originally Posted by Dan Lobb View Post
The 72 French was a sadly depleted event.
All the contract pros were banned by the ILTF from Grand Prix events from January to July 1972, which included the French Open and Wimbledon. Gimeno's contract had ran out at the end of 1971, I believe, and he became a freelance pro, so he was able to play in the 1972 French Open. It might have been depleted, but Gimeno fully deserved to win a major at last.

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