ATP opposes US Open switch to Monday men’s final

The ATP opposes the U.S. Open’s switch to a Monday final in 2013
and is not satisfied with the prize money increase for the
tournament.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced last Friday that the
women’s final would be moved to Sunday and the men’s championship
match to Monday next year.

While the move builds in a rest day ahead of each final for the
first time, the ATP said Monday it was against the change and would
continue to fight it.

”The ATP and its players have made it clear to the U.S. Open
that we do not support a Monday final,” the governing body for
men’s tennis said in a statement. ”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.

”It is unfortunate the U.S. Open response did not reflect our
views on this issue and the ATP and its players will continue to
pursue this matter in its discussions with the USTA.”

Rain forced the USTA to postpone the men’s final from its
scheduled Sunday slot to Monday each of the past five years.

Some top male players complained that the U.S. Open was the
sport’s only major tournament that put their semifinals and final
on consecutive days. The men’s semifinals in New York will stay on
Saturday under the new plan.

A decision about 2014 and beyond probably will come after the
2013 tournament.

Wimbledon, the French Open and Australian Open follow another
pattern: women’s semifinals Thursday, men’s semifinals Friday,
women’s final Saturday, men’s final Sunday.

The USTA also announced Friday 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.”