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World's best will be at Open: Tiley

AUSTRALIAN Open boss Craig Tiley is confident the world's best players will be in Melbourne next year, despite the threat of a boycott over prizemoney.

The Sunday Times of London reported players were asking for a bigger piece of the grand slam revenue pie and seriously considering the boycott.

Tiley said while he took the threat seriously, he was sure players such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray would be in Australia in January.

"We are 100% confident the players will be there," Tiley said from New York where he is attending the US Open.

ATP official Kate Gordon denied the newspaper reports regarding the boycott but said ATP management and players "have taken a diplomatic approach this year with the grand slams to address player compensation issues".

"We are pleased that the discussions initiated by the ATP with each of the grand slams this year have resulted in certain prize money increases for players in 2012, and we remain focused on our active dialogue with these events about player compensation for 2013 and beyond."

Topics:  australian open (tennis)


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