Australian open boycott?


You're getting way too bold in your ASSUMPTIONS newbie, and way too disrespectful. Just because you disagree with Rabbit (one of the ORIGINAL and most respected members of this forum), there was no need to bring that tone into the dialogue. Just say you diagree, make your case, and move on. Holy ****, the political discourse of this country is infecting EVERYTHING.
I thought your guy was suppose to change that:confused:


Bionic Poster
Seems like the end of the non-story but Dubai still may be leverage in a negotiation:

The ATP denies a report in The Sunday Times of London that the players are seriously considering boycotting next year’s Australian Open over prize money. The paper reported that the ATP is considering staging an alternative event to the Australian Open, “almost certainly in Dubai.”

The players have been asking for bigger piece of the Grand Slam revenue pie. All the majors gave them increases in 2012, and when asked to, the last three majors gave a bigger percentage of the increases to first- and second-round winners and losers.

But ATP official Kate Gordon told “The ATP has been clear and repetitive in telling players that it will not organize a boycott. Instead, ATP Management and players have taken a diplomatic approach this year with the Grand Slams to address player compensation issues. The Grand Slams are important events that generate significant revenues, and the players who perform there should share in an acceptable percentage of those revenues—like they do on the ATP World Tour. We are pleased that the discussions initiated by the ATP with each of the Grand Slams this year have resulted in certain prize money increases for players in 2012, and we remain focused on our active dialogue with these events about player compensation for 2013 and beyond. The players remain unified and passionate about this issue.”
Doesn't the profits from the Australian Open goes towards the funding for the grass root game? I think the best solution would be to increase the % of renvenue for players til 20% and also decrease the amount top players get.


Bionic Poster
Not many have great confidence in the way Tennis Australia funds anything, including the synthetic grass roots.

The reality is that pleading your selflessness in one area is no excuse for greed in another.

This is a tough commercial negotiation on both sides.