Boycott rumours at the Australian Open are shunned

August 27, 2012

ATP Tennis News, WTA Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Rumours of a strike at the Australian Open have been denied.

Voices were silenced yesterday after fears that players may refuse to participate at the Australian Open, the first Slam of 2013, because of the ongoing prize money debate.

The ATP denies any truth in the words written in a report published in a British newspaper in which they claimed that the players are considering the idea of ​​deserting the next Australian Open, reporting that the players may seek an alternative event at the Grand Slams, almost certainly in Dubai. The issue evolves once again around the prize money: the players have called for an increase at the Australian Open.

Yesterday Kate Gordon went to press and denied such rumours:

“The ATP has been clear towards the players by telling them that they do not need to organise any boycotts. Indeed, the discussions have started progressing in a calm and diplomatic way, and we will try to satisfy their demands.”

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including,,, and Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website where you can read her reports. She can be reached at or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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