At the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open, this year Roger Federer said that his mother Lynette compared the current four-year-old twins Leo and Lenny's game style to the Roger's as a kid. Could we see Federer involved through a father & coach role on the ATP Tour in the future? The Rolex Shanghai Masters Tournament Director Michael Luevano was asked this question by Tennis World USA, and he said: 'They take lessons but my think is that it's a little bit early.
He never mentioned to me that his children are an aspiration in following his footsteps, which would be a pretty big task. They surely are interested in tennis. They play tennis in Dubai and probably in Switzerland as well.' Shanghai put a $9.2 million prize money at stake and they plan to get to $10 million in 2019.
Luevano revealed ATP is focusing on making sure that all the tournaments of each category - 250s, 500s and 1000s - increase their prize money. 'What will be discussed in Milan (NextGen ATP Finals) is the prize money structure', revealed Luevano.
'I know the players and the tournament are trying to find a formula that everyone can be comfortable with. In order to make tennis a living for the lower-ranked players. Shanghai and Madrid have the highest prize money out of all the Masters, we may get to $10 million next year.
Holding a Masters event is incredibly costly, and if all tournaments are not growing in line with the prize money increases, the tournaments get banked up. It becomes a non-sustainable business model'. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title