I knew Thomaz would come, but I'm very displeased personally that he did, because he's almost definitely going to end up winning, and TAKING POINTS AWAY from guys who need the points. The same thing with Starace, Flo Mayer, Fognini, Serra among others. If you are ranked 70 or below, you SHOULD NOT be allowed to play in a challenger, that is being a points whore, it's greedy and it takes away what challengers are supposed to be about, lower ranked guys having the opportunity to reach the ATP tour. Honestly, my interest in this event has gone down in a major way, I don't want Thomaz to win.
I think you meant ranked 70 or above, but when you put it like this, I'm inclined to agree. For an event like the Sunrise challenger it's a different story since many players who lose early at IW use that to get in more match practice before Miami, but in general, yeah, I agree, that does seem really greedy.