Because it is not mandatory Masters.These are the rules.
Yeah I know it isn't but that it counts as having played a 500 was new to me. The point structure in 1000s are also favorable if you got a first round bye like Robin has. He could have gone there, won 2 matches and still made decent points AND ticked off another of the 4 500s.
Rather skip Barcelona even but he should just skip Estoril and take that week as full rest before Madrid so he doesn't have all those weeks of consecutive tennis leading up to RG (as he played Dusseldorf too)
My dream schedule for 2012 definitely includes Monte Carlo. Why not. Ferrer reached the final and sucked in a nice 600p. Soderling could definitely done a result even on slow clay
after the Shanghai Masters,he will have another 0 in his ranking...
as for Monte Carlo, Robin had a full calender for the whole year at that time and he can not image injuries and mono's coming
You are right I didn't even think about that. Five 0s. Missed the chance to play for 5500 points. Even if he had averaged only QFs he would have made 180+180+360+90+180 points. I say he definitely missed out on about 700-1000 points. Even more probably
One person (journalist) who is familiar with Robin, wrote now:
I've just talked to Söderling and would be very surprised if he comes to play in Stockholm Open. Sad but true.
One part of me thinks Soderling will definitely NOT play unless he thinks he can win. He doesn't want to take a beating in front of the home crowd in a tournament where the money and points doesn't mean anything to him compared to the prestige.
Other part thinks just like he says that he could consider playing at 80% just to see where he stands and have some fun.
Must also not forget that he doesn't want to let his Thomas Johansson and the rest of the organizers down. He's played tournaments feeling bad before. I'm pretty sure Rosengren advices him not to play. Also he might have changed his policy to play feeling less than 100% now.
I just hope he doesn't wait all the way to Friday before he decides.