Gulbis not even bothering to come back to try to defend his title. Anyone know why he chose to play Austria instead?
That's frankly a really bad sign. I get that the field would be weak due to the Olympics but Gulbis didn't make the Olympics.
The only thing I can think of is that Gulbis had a chance of making the Olympics if a player withdrew from a weak nation. On the ladies side, Kanepi from otherwise unrepresented Estonia withdrew so the ITF picked Duque-Marino over higher ranked players just because Colombia wasn't represented on the ladies side. Stakhovsky got an ITF pick and he was only two spots ahead of Gulbis at the deadline.
Since the only withdrawals on the men's side came from Spain and France, that possibility never came into play.