I assume your use of 'pride' is derogatory? Nobody but Federer-haters would condemn him for playing Estoril a few times for match-play and confidence. Same with Nadal this year in Latin America. Attending a few 250s to compensate for weakness on a surface/injury is a different matter entirely from constantly attending 250s just for the points. The former isn't vulturing at all.
this is actually a good post. I also agree with Scoobs. Andy needs to start somewhere. i.e. Murray playing Estoril is a good idea. It's not about the points, it's gaining more clay matches under his belt and winning the title. getting more confidence. Prime Fed played Estoril.