If you were the ATP and some rich guy, say maybe the founder of a big computer software company, wanted to give one of your tournaments a little less than 1 million dollars to increase it’s prize money would you accept it or turn it down?
As you can imagine, I wouldn’t really be writing about this if it was just a hypothetical question. Oracle Founder, Larry Ellison – a guy with a Net Worth of $41 billion, has offered the Indian Wells tournament $800,000 to boost it’s prize money. The only problem – the ATP voted to turn it down. Of course three votes were from competing tournament directors.
Read all about it in Jon Wertheim’s Blog – HERE
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