“So far, everything has been fairly positive. The day of rest is being embraced across the board,” he added. “Because of the nature of the game, and to assure a final that can be played at the highest competitive level, you need an extra day of rest. We recognized that.”
In a statement released by the USTA, 2012 champion Andy Murray said: “I’m pleased that the USTA has modified the U.S. Open schedule to include a day of rest between the semifinals and final. Together with the prize money increase, it’s good that they’ve taken on board the players’ concerns.”
Widmaier said the tournament still needs to figure out on which days the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles finals will be played next year. One reason for the need to reschedule: The women’s doubles championship match has been on Sunday in the past, but can’t be in 2013, with the singles shifting to that day.
“We appreciate the USTA’s announcement of increased prize money and 40 years of equal compensation for the athletes of our sport,” WTA CEO Stacey Allaster said. “The changes made for the 2013 U.S. Open are steps in the right direction.”
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