So why play Money Tennis?
It's run by players for players.
It's no secret that tennis is dying all across Australia. There isn't just one silver bullet solution to the problem as there are many factors behind the player exodus.
Some players have commented that they're short on time and committees around the state have scrambled to decrease playing time, competition length and team size to accommodate. However, people have always worked jobs, trained, studied and looked after children in the past. These are not new phenomena. When competitions are shortened, the players who don't mind playing regular formats are adversely affected.
Tennis has tried desperately to ride on the back of the success of the shortened 'Big Bash' style format of cricket by pushing the 'Fast4s' format. The difference however is that when cricket time is decreased, shot production and risk-taking are increased. When tennis evolves to 'play-on lets', 'short-deuces' and dramatically decreased sets, players become more tentative and nervous about losing more valuable points. Quality of match-play decreases.
Money Tennis is run by players who love tennis and want to play regular sets.
It gives back to the players.
For a 2-3 hour involvement which involves playing three full sets of singles or doubles, a winner is entitled to a share of anything between $200 - $400.
The most lucrative (non ATP/WTA) tournaments in NSW are the Australian Money Tournaments (AMTs). The entry fee to these tournaments is usually around $70 and a player will only receive money if they make the quarter finals or better. In a draw of 128 with a possible qualifying draw of 32, a player needs to win anywhere between 5-9 matches against the best players in the state. If the AMT is bronze or white, only the two finalists will get anything back.
No commitment required.
While it is an issue that certainly doesn't affect all players, it cannot be ignored that players of the modern era often have other more important and time-consuming obligations and priorities, and tennis cannot be a major commitment of regular weekly attendance or multiple weekend availability.
Money Tennis is currently played every Monday night on an opt-in/opt-out arrangement. There is no pressure to play, yet players are always welcome to put their names down.
Money Tennis is perfect for players who have ongoing costs associated with travelling and entering tournaments. The entry fee is only $20 and prizemoney is returned on the same day.
Low cost and quick, yet still highly social.
Remember when it cost $20 to enter a tournament? Well those days are back. All entry fee funds go directly back into players' pockets. We cover the cost of court hire and balls so that we can give the maximum back to the players who bring the entertainment to the court.
Additionally, the short timeframe will satisfy all players. The average set lasts 26 minutes. Players can expect to have around 30-40 total minutes of socialising and around 1.5-2hrs of quality tennis.
Players who are used to traveling around and playing association tournaments and AMTs will agree that a lot of time is invested in travel itself but also in wait-time. A player drawn for a 9:30am match may also be drawn on the same day for a 1pm match and another 4pm match. With Money Tennis, you're drawn into a 2.5hr bracket and will play your three sets within that bracket. If you were the winner or runner up of your pool, you'll also receive your prizemoney straight away.