ATP ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR PRIZE MONEY INCREASES ACROSS ATP WORLD TOUR 500 TOURNAMENTS
Grass-court season to be strengthened as Queen’s and Halle become ATP World Tour 500 events from 2015
The ATP has announced significant prize money increases that will see player compensation increase by an average of 10% annually over the next five years across ATP World Tour 500 tournaments. The total prize money across the ATP World Tour 500 category will increase from $17.6 million in 2013 to $30.8 million in 2018.
In addition, the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, London, as well as the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, will be re-categorized as ATP World Tour 500 events from 2015, when the calendar will feature a three-week grass-court swing in between Roland Garros and The Championships, Wimbledon.
Laurent Delanney, CEO ATP Europe, said: “We are delighted to have reached this outcome which sees significant prize money increases for the players, as well as the addition of two very strong tournaments in Queen’s and Halle to the ATP World Tour 500 category from 2015. The decision not only strengthens the 500s category as a whole but also enhances the grass-court season leading into Wimbledon. It is a terrific outcome for our players, tournaments and the sport as a whole.”
Queen’s and Halle will join Rotterdam, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco, Barcelona, Hamburg, Washington, Tokyo, Beijing, Valencia and Basel as ATP World Tour 500 events.
Simon Long, LTA Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The Aegon Championships is a world class sporting event and a fixture of the British summer calendar. Our investment in upgrading the tournament will inspire more people to play and follow tennis, and further strengthen the grass court season in the run up to The Championships, Wimbledon, so I would like to thank our partners at the ATP and the All England Club for their support in achieving this important result.”
Ralf Weber, Tournament Director of the Gerry Weber Open, said: “This is a very proud moment for us, and a true reflection of the success of the Gerry Weber Open over the past two decades. The ATP has honoured our commitment as well as our innovations over the past 21 years, and we are delighted to be joining the ATP World Tour 500 category. We have played a decisive role in raising the importance and stature of lawn tennis on the international tennis calendar, and we look forward to many successful years ahead.”
Philip Brook, Chairman of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, said: “When we announced the creation of a three-week gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon from 2015, our aim was to establish a longer and more significant grass court season as part of the international tennis calendar. Many people have since worked very hard to bring this about and I am delighted to welcome today’s announcement of the increases in prize money and the elevation in status of the Aegon Championships and Gerry Weber Open. Both events have been key pillars in promoting grass court tennis for many years and I wish to thank the ATP, LTA and Halle for their contribution and enthusiasm in helping to turn an exciting vision into an exciting reality.”
The player commitment for ATP World Tour 500 tournaments throughout the five-year period remains at 4 tournaments, including one after the US Open.
The ATP will announce the full 2015 ATP World Tour calendar in due course.
8 November 2013
Andy Murray wins the Aegon Championships 2013
Andy Murray has won the men's singles title at the Aegon Championships 2013 beating Marin Cilic 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in the final at The Queen's Club.
The British No.1 delighted home fans by coming from a set behind to defeat the defending champion as the sun came out in London on Sunday.
"It's not an easy tournament to win," said Murray afterwards. "You look at the list of players who have won this. Some of the greatest players that have played have won here, and they always get a really, really strong field with top grass court players. To come through after the last three, four weeks is really, really nice."
On the tight final with Cilic, Murray added: "He's one of the best grass court players in the world. Me and Marin have played against each other since juniors, and we have had a lot of close matches and tight matches. I was lucky to come through in the end because he was playing great tennis."
After a strong start and a 4-1 lead for Murray it was the Croatian world No.12 who hit back, winning six of the next seven games to take the opening set 7-5.
The second was a tense affair with both players forcing breakpoints but being unable to capitalise as the score reached 6-5 to the Briton. However the world No.2 stepped it up, breaking in the 12th game to take the second set and the match into a decider.
In the third set the momentum, and the crowd support, shifted firmly in Murray's direction and the British No.1 capitalised and raced into a 4-1 lead after breaking the Croat in the fourth game.
Cilic held his next service game forcing the two time champion to serve it out, which he duly did, wrapping up the match and his third Aegon Championships men's singles title in the process.
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Rally Against Cancer
Rally Against Cancer was an all-star charity tennis match held at The Queen's Club after the men's final of the Aegon Championships. Rally Against Cancer raised thousands for The Royal Marsden, the world-leading cancer centre treating British tennis player Ross Hutchins. Andy Murray and Tim Henman teamed up to take on Ivan Lendl and Tomas Berdych before playing a truly entertaining match with celebrities including Boris Johnson, Richard Branson and Jonathan Ross.
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