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Andy Murray Praises Australian Open, Says Strike Was Not "A Real Option"
Published October 11, 2012
UNITED THEY STAND: In Melbourne, Linda Pearce notes Australian Open prize money is expected to increase to AU$40M by '16 as the "stakes continue to rise in the remuneration battle between the grand slams and the men hungry for a larger slice of the expanding financial pie." Tournament Dir Craig Tiley "would not confirm" the AU$40M figure, but "reiterated the tournament's commitment to adequately compensate all players, but particularly those ranked 50 and below who often struggle financially once travelling and coaching expenses are factored in." Tennis Australia officials met with the ATP Player Council -- including president Roger Federer -- and a board of management in Shanghai over recent days "for what Tiley described as 'very positive' talks with a group that he believes is 'the most united that I've seen it in 20 years'" (Melbourne AGE, 10/9).