I hadn't read this article before and it was interesting, thanks for posting. It would be interesting to know who have been the major players in the raising of first round prize money, I think it's such a good step, so important for a healthy sport with a deep talent pool, and I like to think that all the top players use their clout to force this through, standing up for those who don't have much presence or a way to be heard. It's doing right by those players and by the future of the sport. If you get good enough players even the qualifying eventually will be a can't-miss-it sell-out.
As for Federer, it's great to see how much he continues to contribute to the game, I'd say he amazes me but by now it's just the standard I've come to expect from him.
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