How much money does Alexander Zverev ask for in order to play ATP 250 and 500 tournaments? The Marseille Open Tournament Director Jean-Francois Caujolle, who tried to bring the German player in the French tournament, answered the question.
"$500,000 two years ago when he really made a breakthrough. It's too high", admitted Caujolle. "I do not know how much it would be now, he is world No. 5, 6, 7. When you are up and coming, you can ask a lot. After two or three years, the price gets less and now it can be two or three times less.
Some tournaments can pay a lot but now it's just a few. They pay less. Guys like Federer and Nadal, if I want to invest in them, I get money back as they have a major impact. Djokovic is different because he is focusing only on big events.
With Zverev, you do not even know if you can go through the first round. He can win 250s and 500s but he can lose straight forward. So that's not a smart investment." Asked if he thinks Zverev is not humble, Caujolle replied: "To be a champion on the court, you do not have to be too much humble.
In my time there was Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe who were not that humble and they were still No. 1s. I like the way Tsitsipas, Khachanov are doing. It's better to win first and then speak." Caujolle believes consistency is the key for Big Three guys: "If you look at Roger, he always has the same team. They give him confidence. It's an ideal situation."