Who on earth could withdraw from a 500 just to play DC where there is no money at all !
Most of the players are not really keen on playing DC nowadays.
For instance, despite of winning it last year and defending 505 atp points in DC, Nole said no to Novi Sad R1 DC.
No DC for Federer, Ljubicic probably too...
those who want to play Olympics next year. I think you must have played DC the year prior to Olympics to qualify.
Normal field for a 500 tournament. Dubai used to be a very strong tournament few years ago, almost all top10 played it. Not anymore.