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Players get a lot of cash but earn little credit for desire
Players get a lot of cash but earn little credit for desire

A couple of items in a record book brought a real jolt the other day. One reminded that this was the 45th anniversary of Rod Laver's second calendar Grand Slam, 1969. He also won all four majors — the Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open — in 1962. For that second U.S. Open title, Laver won $16,000. On another page, it said the men's winner (and the women's) of this year's U.S. Open will get $3 million. Also, either of these winners is in line for an additional $1-million bonus if they won the lead-up U.S. Open tournament series. Certainly, much time has passed and much inflation has set in. But still, are any of these current players worth...

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