1/22/13 1:54 PM | Johan Lindahl
Andy Murray is keeping his own counsel on the looming disagreement over US Open plans to unilaterally move the men's final to a Monday, extending the weakest link in the Grand Slam chain to 15 grueling days.
Instead of just following the more logical example set by the other three majors, which set their men's semi-finals on Friday and play the final on the concluding Sunday, the Americans have for decades insisted on exhausting back-to-back men's semis and finals on the weekend to suit the demands of deep-pocketed national television paymasters.
With ATP players currently feeling militant after succeeding in gaining a pay rise this season at the majors for early round losers, opposition to the high-handed US federation tactics is rising.
While the threat of strike action may have been mentioned in the Melbourne locker room, third seed Murray is not about to give away any inside thinking among his colleagues.
"Since the player meeting (before the start), I haven't discussed with any of the players what was said there, what the plans are. I know that the ATP are not particularly happy with the Monday final. I know that's an issue because however much revenue they make from having an extra day on their tournament hasn't really reflected in the increase in the prize money.
"That was what the players wanted, was obviously better prize money but not with an extra day to the event. I think that's what they're disappointed with. But I personally haven't spoken with anyone about boycotting the event."
Pressed for an opinion, Murray used some diplomatic deflection: "I don't want to go into that here at all. Not the place for it. I've got the second week of a slam to focus on, we can discuss that after the event."
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