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ATP against Monday finish for US Open and its prize money distribution

The Association of Tennis Professionals has said it is not happy with the prize money offered or moving the men's final day at next year's US Open.

The move was taken to allow a rest day for the men between their semi-finals, which are traditionally held on "Super Saturday" with the women's final, followed by the men's final on the Sunday.

Ironically rain delays have meant that the men's final has been held over until the Monday for the last five tournaments but often the semi-finals have not been completed until the Sunday.

The ATP, which runs the ATP World Tour but not the four grand slam events, said in a statement that the USTA had recognised "the incredible physical demands of men's tennis".

"However, the ATP and its players have made it clear to the US Open that we do not support a Monday final."

"We strongly believe the US Open should keep a similar schedule to the other grand slams, with the men's semi-finals completed by Friday and the final on Sunday."

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The ATP statement also addressed a longstanding gripe with not only the US Open but all of the major Grand Slam events. Their position is that the players deserve a greater share of tournament revenues in the form of prize money and although the US Open announced an increase in the overall purse the ATP is still not happy:

"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 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."

The United States Tennis Association (USTA), which organizes the US Open, announced prize money would increase to $29.5m (£17.9m) and that the men's final would be played on a Monday, with the women's final moved from Saturday to Sunday, giving the players an extra day's rest.

The ATP said, however, strongly supported the idea of the tournament sticking to a similar schedule as the other Grand Slams.

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