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SBD/January 16, 2013/Events and Attractions
U.S. Open Officials Cite Financial Benefits For Keeping Men's Final On Monday
Published January 16, 2013
DOING RIGHT DOWN UNDER: In a special for USA TODAY, Douglas Robson notes ATP players have said that what "sets the Australian Open apart since it relocated to Melbourne Park in 1988 is the friendly vibe catering to players' needs -- everything from investment in top-notch facilities, bend-over-backward transport services and a location in the heart of downtown with easy access to restaurants, hotels and mass transit." Australian Open organizers expect "more than 650,000 visitors over the event's two weeks, more than four times the number that attended the final Australian Open held at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in 1987." The winner's check will be "a record $2.65 million for men's and women's singles this year, plus a roughly 30% increase for players losing in the first few rounds." In a "surprise gesture, the tournament gave every player in singles, doubles and qualifying an envelope with a $1,000 check for travel expenses." The "guiding force behind the event's rising prestige" is Tournament Dir Craig Tiley, who has run it since '07. Tennis Australia Head of Player Development Todd Woodbridge said of Tiley, "His relationship with the players are the reason the tournament is strong this year" (USA TODAY, 1/16).