U.S. Open chiefs bow to player pressure

Published 4:01 PM EST, Fri December 14, 2012

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An extra $4 million will be on offer for the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament

Organizers have also agreed to schedule a day of rest between finals and semis

Defending champions Andy Murray and Serena Williams welcome the changes

There will be a record $29.5 million in prize money -- a 34% increase since 2011

(CNN) —  

Record prize money and an extra rest day for finalists – U.S. Open tennis chiefs have taken note of player complaints and made significant changes for 2013.

The tournament’s women’s final will now be held on a Sunday and the men’s title match on a Monday, while the total prize purse will increase by $4 million.

“I’m pleased that the USTA has modified the U.S. Open schedule to include a day of rest between the semifinals and final,” defending men’s champion Andy Murray said on the New York grand slam’s website.

“Together with the prize money increase, it’s good that they’ve taken on board the players’ concerns.”

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Women’s champion Serena Williams was also happy with the changes, which mean the female players will play their last-four matches in Friday’s afternoon session.