And as for this being a "provincial" tournament, right now there are more French, Spanish, and German players than Americans (and just as many Argentinians). This may change after all the WCs are handed out (I've included Dent's and Isner's in my count), but those 4 countries are going to be pretty equal, so I would hardly call this "provincial".
It seems like you're just bitter Gasquet didn't get one and are looking for any way to belittle the tournament.
Not at all : I just found it's crazy, and I still think that (I'm not even a Gasquet fan, I just defend him in his crazy "coke" case against all the people who judge too quickly ... if something can be said about my prejudice, it's not that I like Gasquet, but rather that I don't like the American culture usually : what I read recently about the debates about the health system in the USA is just the epitome of crazyness and cruelty in my mind)
... and your reaction also makes me suspect what I already suspected that the puritane USA don't like "scandals about drugs or sex" (more dramatic than violence for the American puritanes, contrary to what the Europeans think) whatever they are and however innocent the man is
... and that's what revulses me most (thinking it might be that)
Of course I was provocking with "provincial" but that's the least meaning of the American attitude about Gasquet here and Baghdatis in the US Open.
I remember Robredo getting a WC in France
and he's not especially a player attracting people (note that France has huge drawbacks in my mind, it's often a "provincial" country, but not as much as the US, however number of Latin Americans or "communities" you have).
But I have to say you were witty about the number of players around 80-150
: after writing that, I guessed it musn't be the case anymore now, as the number of French players in that range has decreased a lot, whereas it's the opposite for the Americans.
I know that, but well, even before, it was already the same attitude from American and French organizers.
Anyway, I provoked a little bit, but yes, I think it's crazy
: a player like Gasquet (see Action_Jackson's popularity poll : he's 6th or 7th favorite player in the world) decides to come back in such a tournament instead of Montreal and Cinci and that's how they use that opportunity
Anyway that's their choice : I'm not sorry for Gasquet, but rather for the organizers
I would be happy he would not go there, it would not be good for him (but anyway I don't care and I don't believe in him in the US Open), but I would be happy for the organizers
: giving them American WC plus Gasquet would be too much of a gift.