The Marseille Open Tournament Director Jean-Francois Caujolle spoke about the appearance fee that Andy Murray received to play this year's event that took place in February. Murray eventually skipped the event due to a back injury.
Caujolle said: "It was a small amount just to play. Then if he had won the title, the amount would have been bigger. It was not as big as what he would have got three years." On his business partner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Caujolle added: "He doesn't take any appearance fee to play in Marseille and Lyon tournaments.
I do not know. If he will want to be the tournament director in three, four or five years, he will take the role." On players asking for bigger prize money, Caujolle replied: "I think so. There is a different level of tournaments, 250s, 500s and 1000s.
It's natural and normal that players ask for a bigger amount of money. All the workers, in general, do it. Their point is right but it depends on each category because 250s have not the same marketplace as 1000s. They know that.
They forget that if looking at the French Federation, they invest a lot of money on the development of younger players." On players asking tickets, Caujolle concluded: "When they are playing, they are asking for tickets for family or friends.
We give it to them. It's normal. We do not have many requests. It's not Wimbledon or French Open." Murray lost to Alex de Minaur in the second round of the Zhuhai Championships on Thursday.