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Monday 23 June 2003
 
Wimbledon money row
 
Wimbledon As this year's Wimbledon tennis championships get underway, a row is growing about prize money. The players want more, but the organisers are just as keen to retain their profits. This report from Harry Peart:
 
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The Association of Tennis Professionals is the governing body of the men's game. It stunned the chairmen of the four Grand Slam championships with a demand for additional payments totalling 50 million dollars.

The largest portion would go into the players' pockets, but the package included payments into a players' pension account, better promotional activities, a bonus for players who compete in all four Grand Slams and a donation to selected charities. The ATP wants at least 30 percent of the profits in prize money.

The Grand Slam chairmen have rejected the demand and re-affirmed its rights to determine the levels of compensation. Most of the profits are used to promote tennis at the grass roots. The Grand Slam Committee can also point to the fact that the French Open paid almost 8 percent more in prize money this year for the men's singles event while the Wimbledon increase is almost 10 percent at a time when television revenues are falling.
 
 
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governing body
 
here, the committee which makes and enforces the rules which control a group of professional people
 
stunned
 
shocked
 
Grand Slam Championships
 
competitions in which you have to winn all the games or matches to become the final winner
 
player's pockets
 
here, would be paid directly to them
 
the package
 
all aspects of the offer
 
promotional activities
 
things done in order to make the game more popular
 
re-affirmed
 
if you reaffirm something, you state it again
 
compensation
 
here, payment for playing
 
at the grass roots
 
the grass roots of an organisation are the ordinary people in it rather than its leaders
 
television revenues
 
money that television companies pay for the rights to transmit pictures of the games
 
 
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