Tom Tebbutt is a knowledgeable Canadian commentator. He's on site in Barcelona this week. He says in this blog: -- An informed source told me that Murray is to be paid 200,000 Euros in an appearance fee to play the tournament. http://www.lovemeansnothing.ca/blog/milos-is-a-popular-guy --- I guess Verdasco wasn't offered a comparable amount, so he passed I just didn't know the going rate in such tourneys. Still don't know if Murray decided to play here or not.