In every Olympic year several tournaments scheduled around the Olympics suffer.
If the Olympics would be awarded more ranking points it's logical, I think, that those tournaments would suffer even more.
Is that neccessary, given that the Olympics are not so attractive for their ranking points nor for money, but for winning for one's country and so on (as many forum members repeatedly pointed out)?
That said, the concerns the thread starter expresses may be even more compelling and it's thinkable that there would be a players lobby against the proposed changes.
Originally Posted by Action Jackson
It should award no points.
I actually agree with that.
It would be the best solution for the above mentioned tournaments as well as the mentioned affected players.
However, ranking points definitely generate an extra incentive for the players.
The players are not used anymore to play only for their home country (and prestige). Look at the DavisCup.
I can't say how severe the differences were, but without ranking points the Olympic tennis tournament wouldn't be as popular for the players as it is today!
The ATP decided to promote Tennis around the globe, at the cost of Marcel Granollers and others, who become victims for the "higher goal". (Although I personally don't like it.)
But well, 750 points is not so very much. It's like the happy medium in a way and seems quite sophisticated a decision by the ATP.