Writing essay for school

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by wiibssz, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. wiibssz

    wiibssz Rookie

    Sep 27, 2010
    Hey everyone,

    I'm writing an essay about the payments of the lower ranked players and the eventual boycott of the australian open. I want to write in my essay what players can do legall-wise. I was looking at the rulebook of the atp, but I could't find anything that really stands out as a rule for players if they do not want to play grand slams or other tournament. How do they do that? Do they make a case about that? Or do they handle it inside the ATP?

    I hope my question is a bit clear, it's hard to describe. Hopefully someone can help me out!

    Thanks in advance.
  2. tenniscasey

    tenniscasey Semi-Pro

    Jul 20, 2012
    The players can individually do whatever they want. They're independent contractors; the ATP isn't a union that makes binding choices for all its members. The ATP is merely the players' group that organizes the professional tour.

    The main problem is that if players banded together to destroy a tournament, they could face charges for breaking antitrust laws. Moreover, the top players are risking creating a schism in men's pro tennis by threatening this boycott; they won't really help the struggling players by breaking away and making the early rounds of ATP events less compelling than they already are.

    So realistically, the chances of an AO boycott are zero.
  3. Dags

    Dags Professional

    Aug 29, 2008
    There are certain rules in place, but they are aimed at higher ranked players. In particular, the top 30 at the end of the year are 'Commitment Players'. The following is from


    The 4 Grand Slams are run by the ITF, and I don't think any player are obligated to play, should they choose not to do so.

    From a tournament perspective, the organisers are far more interested in the higher ranked players. They are the ones that will pull in a crowd, and make the tournament a success. In smaller tournaments, top players are even paid 'appearance fees' in order to lure them.

    The reality is that lower-ranked players have little leverage when it comes to payments. The Grand Slams are where they can potentially receive their biggest pay day: the size of the draw means they have a better chance to qualify, and at the AO in 2012, first-round losers took home A$20k. Whilst a boycott at such an event may give them the highest exposure, it would also cost them.

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