Originally Posted by deb.
And, NicoFan, he's honest enough to speak his mind and say what he's thinking. No one said his schedule is perfect. Perhaps there's no gun to his head, but perhaps some of you are also underestimating the pressure put on top players to support the small tourneys in their home countries. Think of what it means to a new tourney like Vegas that's trying to establish a ticket-purchasing base to have Andy play. I'd rather he didn't play Vegas, but it's undeniable that the tourney's future and success will be determined in part by whether he plays, and I'm quite sure he has been informed of this and is reminded of it all the time
For example, Fed played Gstaad right after Wimbledon a few times. Finally he told them he just couldn't play anymore, but do you think he was playing b/c he was dying to play on clay right after wimby? I doubt it. Finally he said no. Maybe Andy's not as good at saying no. Maybe he'll realize that it wasn't smart scheduling and pull out like he did last summer with LA. But considering none of us have played an 11-month season, I think he's in better position than any of us to discuss its ramifications.
So can these players say no to their small home tourneys? Technically, sure. But it's not that easy. Also, i think one of Andy's biggest complaints is the lack of one big chunk of off-season. His playing a lot through the year doesn't really hold much relevance there, considering the AO is in January and TMC is in November/DC final in early December.
Roddick's case is different because he's from the U.S, and how many ATP tournaments we have in the U.S. throughout the year? Many. So yeah, he has to learn how to say no to some home tournaments, I mean, he did it to Delray Beach, so he should do it to a few others, too. I don't see any problem in him doing it - like I posted in the other thread, the only problem IMO is when the player trades the local tournament for a tournament abroad, like Coria and Nalbandian did it last year because they were offered more money in Marseille, and their case being worse because Argentina holds only one tournament a year.
Of course the U.S. TD's will do everything they can to assure Roddick's presence at their tournaments, so it depends only on Roddick's decision to refuse the offfers. If he has the guts to go out and criticize the ATP calendar, then he should have it to turn down a few offers, too.