Originally Posted by Rogiman
"The most important TMS"???
Based on what...?
Are better players playing it or is it because it offers more ranking points...?
How exactly is it superior to AMS Rome for instance?
Based on what people generally say. It was done here in the forum a few times and tendencies clearly went to either Miami, Rome or Indian Wells. Also if I went with this question to a tennis club, I'm sure it would concentrate pretty much on these three. I think also to consider here is the draw size and the superious prize money. For others "importance" is different and they go for history (Rome). Anyway, the term "importance" allows many interpretations, it's useless to argue about that.
Of course, each TMS offers the same amount of ranking points, but as we know ranking points aren't everything when it comes to prestige and importance. For example, Rotterdam usually has a much stronger field than Memphis, yet they offer the same amount of ranking points.
Also a familiar example is with Wimbledon being regarded as the most prestigeous Grand Slam, especially if somebody has won different Slams. Pay attention how Boris Becker is usually introduced. They don't say "an Australian Open, a Wimbledon and a US Open Champions along with some good runs at RG", most of the times they just mention "Boris Becker, multiple Wimbledon Champ". Wimbledon is rather regareded more important/prestigeous (call it whatever) than most other Slams.
After confusing and never stopping talk about the "5th Grand Slam", maybe I should again point out that I also don't see it as a 5th Grand Slam as there are only four.