Originally Posted by Judio
Nadal and Coria went all the way to China between US Open and Davis Cup, presumably for appearance money
Coria chose to play China in large part because he had committed in 2005, but had to back out due to the shoulder surgery. He also had personal reasons - he said many times this year that he was looking forward to touring China with his wife, which they did. Not sure, but heard his wife might have been sitting with her father in the stands - if so, they might have planned a family trip around it, which would make it even harder to skip.
It's easy to say a player chooses a tournament for the appearance money, but top players aren't necessarily needy in that way, often earning far more money in their company contracts than from tournaments. Appearance fees exist, and might make a difference sometimes, but they aren't always the determining factor.
As for playing so close to Davis Cup, in retrospect it wasn't a great idea, but Nalbandian and Hrbaty were on the Entry list too - except that Hrbaty mysteriously witdrew with an "injury" just before Davis Cup. Didn't see any sign of that injury during DC, so I guess the rest helped. Can't help wondering if that was a tactic to lure the Argentines to China thinking that court surface was a good preparation for DC - no proof of that, just something that I thought would be a clever tactic.