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DAVIS CUP TO START UNDER NEW PAY-FOR-PLAY FORMAT
Published September 18, 1997
U.S. players in the Davis Cup "have had their pay quadrupled" from $25,000 per round to $100,000, according to Julie Cart of the L.A. TIMES. Whether "for money or country, the event has drawn the participation" of the top two men's players, Pete Sampras and Michael Chang, who will play for the U.S. as they take on Australia in Washington this weekend. While Cart wrote that "it always seems to be the Americans who are reluctant to represent their country in the nearly century-old Davis Cup," a USTA official said that the "impetus for the pay raise did not come from the players." Players will also receive a bonus for playing in three rounds in a year, and may designate a charity or foundation to which the USTA pays the first $25,000 (L.A. TIMES, 9/16). In N.Y., Robin Finn examined the Cup under the header, "American Players Resist Davis Cup. Rest Of World Embraces The Competition" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/17).