Federer vows to increase prize money

September 1st, 2008 - 2:46 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, Sep 1 (DPA) Swiss tennis star Roger Federer is ready for a few changes at the ATP after his summer election to the Player Council along with fellow top contenders Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.And what better place to start small reforms than in the prize money department.

“I know that tournaments all around the world are raising prize money more and more,” said Federer, a four-time US Open champion.

“We’re obviously very happy where tennis has gone over 40 years ago, so that’s a good thing. But I agree that I still think the biggest tournaments, (Grand Slams) are supposed to share a little bit more with the players.”

The Swiss diplomat quickly added: “We’ll see how it goes in the future.”

Multi-millionaire Federer, who may not actually need the money himself, said that he agreed with the discussion that golfers and team sport players are better paid than international tennis stars.

“We’ll definitely have conversations over the next year or so, as we usually have. There’s a quite a bit of change in the ATP at the moment. I think that’s one of the issues on top of the agenda.”

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