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February 23 • 07:00
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ATP Opposes Move by U.S. Open on Prize Money and Monday Night Final



December 17, 2012
"The ATP and its players have made it clear to the U.S. Open that we do not support a Monday final," according to a statement issued by the ATP World Tour, the governing body for men's tennis. "We strongly believe the U.S. Open should keep a similar schedule to the other Grand Slams, with the men's semifinals completed by Friday and the final on Sunday.

On Friday the USTA also announced that total prize money in 2013 will jump $4 million to a record $29.5 million. The increase is the largest in tournament history, doubling the roughly $2 million hike from 2011 to 2012.

The ATP said the increase was "appreciated" but did not go far enough.

"Over the last nine months the ATP and its players have asked that the U.S. Open fully recognize the fundamental role of the players in driving U.S. Open revenues, which are the largest in our sport," the statement said.

"The ATP therefore remains committed to continuing discussions on this issue, with the objective of ensuring that the players' share of the revenues at the U.S. Open truly reflects the value that they generate for the event."

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