10/30/12 9:25 PM | Johan Lindahl
The Swiss Indoors event will continue talks with management of Basel-born tennis icon Roger Federer after his four-year appearance contract at the hometown event expired after last weekend's final.
Local media report Federer's American-style management is reportedly asking for a possible doubling of what is believed to be a current annual appearance fee of 500,000 Swiss francs ($540,000).
But Federer, who has played the event for the last 13 years and began his exposure to the sport that he dominates as a ball-boy at the St Jakobshalle, told Basel media that money is not the issue. "The money is certainly not the problem. If it had been money I was after I could have played a lot more in Asia. But for me, Basel has always been a priority."
Tournament director Roger Brennwald, who has run the event for decades, is up against the wall after losing his title sponsor a few seasons ago when tobacco advertising was outlawed in the sport.
Without Federer, the elite event faces a somewhat dimmer future. "I think I've helped the tournament in the past, I cannot do more," Federer said. "Of course, the hope is great that I'm going to play next year again."
Brennwald has been saying for weeks that the cause is not lost and that negotiations will continue in hopes of coming to an agreement. "We want to do everything to make the love story continue. But we don't have inexhaustible possibilities. Maybe we can no longer keep up.
"Not everyone can afford a Rolls-Royce," he told Zurich's Tages Anzeiger. "Federer indoors is a win-win situation. Hopefully it is still possible so long. Maybe a year. Maybe five years. That depends on what result come from the talks. "
Federer usually does not make public pronouncements on the money side of his career. "Right now, I'm focusing first on the end of the season, then we'll see."
"We will wait and see and analyse the impact of these (autumn ATP schedule) changes," said Godsick, who realizes that Federer, at age 31, has to pick his tournament spots carefully to prolong his extraordinary career.
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