Federer agrees prize money should be more

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Tennis player Roger Federer believes one of the changes taking place in the ATP includes handing out more prize money.

2 September 2008

NEW YORK -- Roger Federer is ready for more generous prize money after his summer election to the ATP’s Player Council along with fellow top contenders Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

"I know that tournaments all around the world are raising prize money more and more," said four-time US Open champion. "We're obviously very happy where tennis has gone over 40 years ago, so that's a good thing.

"But I agree that I still think the biggest tournaments, (Grand Slams) are supposed to share a little bit more with the players." The Swiss diplomat quickly added: "We'll see how it goes in the future."

Multi-millionaire Federer, who may not actually need the money himself, said he agreed that golfers and team sport players are better-paid than international tennis stars.

"We'll definitely have conversations over the next year or so, as we usually have. There's a quite a bit of change in the ATP at the moment. I think that's one of the issues on top of the agenda."

[dpa / Expatica]

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