Daily Bagel: ATP turns down more money at Indian Wells
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• The men of the ATP have complained all year that they believe they're entitled to more prize money, particularly for journeyman players in the first three rounds. Now comes news that the ATP board has voted down a proposed $800,000 prize money increase offered by the Larry Ellison-owned BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. CEO Raymond Moore says the offer was to increase prize money by $1.6 million -- $800k for each tour -- with the bulk of the money distributed to players in the early rounds. He's shocked the ATP said 'no, thanks'.
Because players in the earlier rounds didn’t get much of a raise, it created grumblings on the men’s tour. So Moore said this year’s prize money increase was to address those concerns. This wasn’t the reaction Moore was expecting from the ATP. “I’m staggered, but we’ll see what (Drewett) has to say,” Moore said.
Jon Wertheim tweeted about the ATP's vote yesterday. Here's what he had to say:
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