When did he announce he won't play Basel, what about that atp 500 requirement rule? He only played Dubai 500 and nothing else?
Basel is not listed on his schedule...Novak is not on the entry list for Basel... I'm sure he talked to the organisers there... He will of course be penalised with a 0-pointer for not playing the 4 required tournaments.
He has played 3 this year: Dubai, Monte Carlo and Beijing.
I'm sure he'll be given a WC if he asks for one. Murray was given one last year...
My guess is that Novak wants to be fresh for Paris/WTF...but he may change his mind.