Well, that discussion is for the other thread we were talking in. But as I've already said, Bercy was the only carpet court left on tour. Now how doesn't helping kill of carpet at Bercy not equate to killing off carpet altogether?
For one, it would send a message throughout any tournament organisation that the world's biggest star does no like carpet and thus would have little enthusiasm playing on the surface and especially if it wasn't mandatory, so there goes one incentive to bring back carpet to the tour. And second of all, when carpet became extinct on tour, then why would anyone even think about bringing it back, considering the direction tennis is heading into?
I'm not saying it's Federer's fault that carpet is gone, but I am saying that in a few years time, it might look like Federer's influence could have been crucial. If Federer wanted carpet to stay and voiced his opinion on why it should stay and influenced others on voicing their opinions (there's plenty), then it might still be with us.
As I just said, if you read that thread (as I just did as I found it a nice flashback to MTF back in the days as well as tennis during the Fedal domination), you'd see that people were suggesting some tournaments were going to change after Bercy.
The reason it switched was to attract the top players and because Madrid had switched. They're not independent events. In order to make the transition easier, Paris switched. Sure, you can blame Federer (obviously he has his blame here) but he's stopped a ridiculous amount of controversial and rather stupid decisions over the years, so I guess he cannot always get it right.
Federer and Nadal asked for a change in the Paris-Bercy surface
How does that show anything?
Please tell me which other events where carpet after Moscow Paris 2006. I'm generally interested to know if there was one left. There might be one I'm missing out on.
Certainly there was none as big and as prestigious as Paris, which is really what carpet deserved.
It was this post that I referenced. I am not sure if it's accurate but it seems I may have to go back and google some of this. I am not a blind Fed worshipper but I've heard this slayer of carpet too often to not check these claims.
EDIT: Just checked - Basel and Paris both switched to hard in 2007.