On another note and slightly off topic, I was checking rankings and Yen Tsun Lu managed to get 180 points from winning the Tashkent challenger!?!?!?! Thats crazy, there were few top 100 players in the tournamet, its a shame Frank cant enter a few of these on hardcourts, just getting to a semi would be about 60 points and as a seed he would most likely play two/three very winnable matches to get there. Is far easier than winning 2 matches in this tournament let me tell you that.
Actually, it's impossible to get that many from winning a challenger now. Lu won last year, and since the points system changed entirely, they doubled the points from old tournaments. Winning the same tournament again would cause Lu to lose 75 points. Thanks, crazy ATP system
Plus, the next HC tournament that offers the top points level isn't 'till October.
Frankly, challenger play seems like it could be a good idea in theory, but given Frank's atrocious Challenger record this year (0-5, losses to Delgado, Niland, Im, Fischer and Dimitrov), I'd rather he stay with what he's doing, at least until the USO. Staying on the USTA challenger circuit might be better than trying the Asian ATP swing, though, depending on where his ranking ends up.
As for Washington, Haas will be tough, but hopefully Frank can step it up on the big stage