You realize sports are competitive and if you are ranked higher, you can do anything you want. This post is almost at the level of those who say NHL players shouldn't be playing in Europe in the lockout. Erik can play any tournament he wants to if his ranking is high enough, its a business, he is not in it to make players ranked #600 in the world feel good.
Now, I do have a guess as to why he is in it. Two actually. I think he has a small lingering injury, giving him no chance to win at the challenger level (or so he believes), so his options are to pack it in and make no money and lose ranking points or to play futures he should do well in even with his injury to keep his ranking and earn money to play in other events and get healthy.
We know that Tennis Canada gives Erik nothing so I can see why he has do to this and if this situation is true (I only guess based on recent terrible results which are out of character for Erik, he always beats players ranked below him and rarely beats players ranked ahead of him) then its laughable to say he shouldn't be making an earning and he should be making no money on the challenger tour.
We could have had some insight into this but the 2eazy was scared into leaving by the crazies of this board sadly.
Of course he's not in it to make those players feel good. But i feel like every level of the tour was designed to help you build yourself up so that you can get to that next level. Futures were designed to help people break on to the tour. Challengers are the next step up from futures and are to help you prepare for the atp tour and then once you get good enough in challengers you start transitioning to the main tour, hopefully forever leaving the challengers behind. Some guys need to go back and forth between challengers and the atp tour.
Erik can love the game all he wants but there are plenty of challengers for him to to get in to or try and get in to. Yes there are some great young players playing the futures tour but there is a real difference between the challengers and futures tour
if he wants to make an earning playing this game then why not try and play the events that will earn you more money? futures only really help you if you do good in them point wise and the money isnt that great
also if he does have an injury even if its just a small one why not take the time off to get rid of it and then go back and play at a higher level
besides if he is injured to the point where its affecting his play that much and he really cant fight through it then maybe ikt would be better to tak time off.