Repeating what I have already posted in the challenger thread Week 11: Le Gosier, Guadeloupe, France [Winner: Olivier ROCHUS]
All seeded players will play in the Miami Masters next week, so we have very good event from the point of interests of these seeded players. From the point of tennis fans, we have very strong field
Of course, from the point of usual challenger standards, it's a pity that event has these BYEs and no qualifying rounds. However, I guess the tournament main role is to give seeded players a possibility to prepare for Key Biscaine...
It's worth to add that organizers were probably lacking of organization experience and preliminary efforts to attract some US player, other IW loosers etc.