Monday, December 17, 2012


The US Open's decision to extend the 2013 tournament to a third Monday has drawn criticism from the men's govening body, the ATP, who have called on Flushing Meadows organisers to fall into line with the three other Grand Slam tournaments.

2013 men's singles final will be played on Monday allowing the players to have a day's rest after the semi-finals which have traditionally been played on a "Super Saturday" while women's singles final will take place on Sunday with the semi-finals also on Friday, ending 30 years of the Super Saturday - although no decision has yet been taken on whether the change will be a permanent one.

Bad weather has wrought havoc with the US Open schedule in recent years with the men's final, including this year's epic between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, being pushed back to Monday for the past five years.

The ATP also gave a lukewarm response to the USTA's announcement of a $4 million rise in prize money for the tournament to a record $29.5 million.

Players have complained about prize money for years, saying purses for the four Grand Slams were too small in relation to the revenue they brought in and too lop-sided in favour of the top competitors who regularly advance to the later stages.

Source: Eurosport

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