Hmm, so that means some players refused to participate in this event? Prodon, Rosol, Istomin, Ungur and Robert were all ranked higher than Reynolds and Stebe.
But I won't complain. On the one hand I'm happy that Stebe got in as the third German player
And on the other hand Sela, Reynolds and Stebe are better hardcourt players than Prodon, Rosol or Ungur. So it's an improvement for the quality of the field.
Now the only pure clay courter left is Rui Machado (who won a set against Federer in Davis Cup on indoor hardcourt!). Klizan also gained almost all of his points on clay court, but he did win an indoor hard challenger last year in Bratislava. I also don't think Thomaz Belluci is that comforable on indoor hardcourt, so I don't really see him as the favourite here. This is going to be interesting! I hope they'll provide a good live broadcast...