Originally Posted by philosophicalarf
Bit of a shame.
Then again, chances are he'd bomb out first round anyway, like he did in Basel after winning Vienna 2008. That's just his nature :-)
After Vienna 2008, he couldn't take the deserved SE for Paris Bercy, because he had committed to the Tashkent challenger before. Basel was 2 weeks after Vienna and he got a WC there.
San Jose had SE's for next week, but I guess this 250 event wasn't attractive enough.