It is no secret that the top players get some big cheques in order to play ATP 250s, 500s or exhibition events. During the Montpellier Open, Eurosport experts Arnaud Di Pasquale and Benoit Maylin commented on the fees that the Big 3 players - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - take.
The Swiss is €1 million worth. In the last year, he played 2018 Stuttgart and Basel, and he is committed to Dubai next. In 2018 Federer played in Rotterdam without taking any appearance fee as he committed to the event two days before the main draw took place.
The Eurosport pundits said that Federer takes a little more money than his two rivals. "Nadal and Djokovic cost around €800,000. Nadal is cheaper. Djokovic is cheaper. But Nadal doesn’t fill up the stadium. Djokovic doesn’t fill up the stadium.
Federer does. When you get Federer you sell out the tickets to the tournament", they said. Speaking about his longevity, at last month's Australian Open Federer had said that having a light schedule tournament over his 20-year career was a big key.
'I remember vividly a conversation I had after I became world No. 1, after here actually in 2004. I got back to Switzerland, had a conversation with Pierre Paganini, my fitness coach. He said, Just do me a favour, please, and don't chase appearance fees and play every tournament.
Because we got the appearance fees in the 250s and 500s. I was like, No I won't. I will try to play the best schedule possible. I will always tell you if I have an amazing guarantee, maybe I would like to play it because it's also a nice place, it works out, we can work it out beforehand.'
And then you have some exception: last year Federer took a last minute wild card from the Rotterdam Open and, as revealed by the Tournament Director Richard Krajicek, the Swiss did not get an appearance fee as they had already spent the whole budget.
In 2015, Nadal had taken €500,000 to play the German Open in Hamburg taking a wild card a few weeks before the event took place. The field didn't feature any real top player at the time and so the organizers had decided to make an economical effort, which was worth as Nadal went on to win the title beating Fabio Fognini in a straight-set final.