Jon Wertheim i Sports Illustrated svarte på spørsmålet mitt i denne ukens tennis-postkasse. Det er noen år siden jeg sendte inn, men gøy å komme i spaltene hans igjen (og bli sammenlignet med et Ikea-møbel). Jeg siterer nedenfor, resten av ukens spørrespalte finner du her.
Maybe this is my inner Scandinavian social democrat talking, but how much money do the top guys really need? There is a lot of talk about appearance money luring players to tournaments, like when Federer chose to play Rotterdam, or Stockholm a few years back. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have made more money from tennis than they can ever spend. So why does appearance money matter to them?
— Aasmund Aadnoy, Stavanger, Norway
Oh, you Scandinavian social democrats. Like those Ikea self-assembly manuals, it’s never as simple as it looks. I go total capitalist here on two fronts. 1) Tennis players have a short career span. Get what you can, while you can. A few of the top players will walk away with generational wealth. The rest have to amortize their winnings over the next half century. 2) If you are bringing value to an event, don’t you deserve the benefits? If Federer plays Stockholm it’s a totally different business than if he doesn’t. Why cut him out?