Originally Posted by CarnivalCarnage
Well, it IS too close to the USO.
It's not even worth the points of a TMS! Honestly, what was the ATP thinking when they instituted points for it? If people aren't going to show up for Olympic prestige, they won't bother to play it because it ranks just below TMS events in points. Top players skip TMS events too! The only way to make them show would be to give it the points of a Slam.
To be precise, the Olympic final is on August 22, 8 days before the start of US Open. It's the same surface and even the same ball, so I don't think this arguement is making sense...
There's one week between Cincinnati TMS and the Olympics, and a week between the Olympics and US Open. All tournaments played on hardcourt. No other tournament during this time awards the same points as Athens, and not as much prize money that top players care for... The only trouble is flying to Europe and back... (all expenses are covered by Olympic organizers and national Olympic commitees)