Tennis Players Union Bubbling Up Again

Tennis Players Union Bubbling Up Again

Larry Ellison, the billionaire co-founder of Oracle Corp., ORCL -0.34% would like to give tennis players a huge raise. Their union is mulling it over.

Ellison, the owner of the BNP Paribas BNP.FR -0.41% Open in Indian Wells, Calif., last year proposed a hefty prize money increase—$800,000 each for the men and women—for this year's tournament.

But in a move that shocked and angered players, the board of the ATP World Tour, the players' sole bargaining representative, passed up the offer after a split vote in November (ATP executive chairman and president Brad Drewett abstained). In a statement this week, the ATP said the proposal runs afoul of the tour's prize money distribution formula—reasoning that, to say the least, does not sit well with current and former players.

"It's absolutely a travesty," said Brad Gilbert, the former pro. "If I was playing right now, I would be furious."

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