Isner criticizes ATP for cuts in tournament prizes

The American John isnerThe former Wimbledon semi-finalist asked the ATP Tour to give players a clearer picture of the decision-making process behind the award cuts, though the American pushed back some of his fierce criticism from last month.

Isner lashed out at the men’s tennis governing body on Twitter after the Miami Masters 1000, which was canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reduced its prize pool by 60%, making individual champions They will receive a check for $ 300,110 compared to $ 1.35 million in 2019.

The former world number eight called the ATP a “broken system” and demanded a “true audit” of tournament finances, saying tennis was “riddled with conflict and a lack of transparency.”

On Wednesday Isner He said his comments were not about the prize money itself. “It’s about the ATP system and why decisions are made and what goes into the prize money is so low,” he said.

“I think recently the players have felt that the ATP Tour has been more transparent with them. We are trying to understand the process a little more ”, he added.

The professional circuit was closed for five months last year due to the pandemic before tournament organizers established biosecure bubbles for players and support staff to restart tournaments while keeping fans away from stadiums.

Tournaments on the ATP circuit suffered losses of between $ 60 million and $ 80 million last year, hurt by last-minute cancellations, elimination of ticket sales revenue and a 30% drop in sponsorship revenue.

Isner, who resigned from the ATP Players Council last year and joined Novak Djokovic In launching the parallel Association of Professional Tennis Players, he said it was difficult to adjust to the huge prize cuts.

“It’s not what we’re used to,” he said. Isner, who has professional earnings of more than 19 million euros. “At the same time, we know that last year’s tournaments do not have the ticket sales revenue that they are used to,” he added.

Isner, who skipped the Australian Open of 2021 due to strict health protocols, he said it was “very unfortunate” that players have to stay in official hotels during the tournament. Wimbledon as part of the security measures.

“There are many players who, of course, would prefer to stay in private homes,” he said. Isner, who won the longest match at the All England Club in 2010, which lasted 11 hours and five minutes against the French Nicolas Mahut.

“That was one of the unique things about Wimbledon, that you could rent a house and walk to the slopes to play your game and come back. It’s a very good thing. It will not be the same feeling this year ”.