I wondered why Gicquel was playing quallies, but it is obvious: this is the first of the ATP 500
tournaments that are worth huge ranking points. Obviously most top players have signed up, the cut is 44!
Probably the best main draw cut in the last 20 years of ATP tournaments. The other tournaments this week are worth only 250 points.
Maybe an advantage if you a spectator in Rotterdam to see top players, but it is elitism in terms ranking opportunities.