"I'm still playing because of the money. If there was no cash around, I'd have gone," is what player extraordinaire, Martina Navratilova had once said. It's a very simple equation: If there were no incentive, why would tennis players work the way they do to earn a living? The prize money up for grabs in the national championship at DLTA has increased too. The men's winner of the 2011 edition pocketed Rs1.5 lakh, while the women's titleholder was richer by Rs1 lakh.
If one compares the prize money of this meet and the regular ITF Futures tournaments held throughout the year all over the world, a winner here would definitely be earning a little more. A winner of one of the $15000 Futures meets would pocket about Rs90,000 .
"It's great that the nationals are offering us this kind of money," said men's runner-up Vishnu Varhdan. "Players mostly have an off week from international meets around this time. If there is enough incentive then we would love to play the domestic circuits too." The increase also meant that most of the top players in India showed up in Delhi.