Re: How importantis Shangai really?
I wonder how the players feel about it. I think many people don't quite rate it that much. It's almost an afterthought closing off the indoor season, and I feel it doesn't have the prestige of big clay or hard Masters Series tournaments with a lot of history. The ATP likes to talk about it because of the $$$ and that's why it's in a place like China which doesn't help. As a sporting achievement I think winning Miami or Monte Carlo feels much better than TMC.
The move to London may help the prestige a little.
TT Singles 2012: W: Winston-Salem SF: Honolulu CH, Rotterdam, Memphis, 's-Hertogenbosch, Wimbledon, Beijing, Vienna QF: Barcelona, Nice, Bastad, Petange CH, Bangkok R16: Monte Carlo, Madrid
TT Doubles 2012: W: Caloundra CH (with kingroger), Acapulco (with keqtqiadv) F: Beijing (with KittyTennis) SF: Sydney (with Belludal), Memphis (with Belludal), Guadalajara CH (with kingroger), Wimbledon (with RHB1993) QF: Barcelona (with extremaduratenis), Cincinnati (with stbanchile)