How is worrying about rankings irrelevant if your on the verge of going from challengers to ATP? I know your taking the Pro look on it that results are whats important and rankings dont matter but truth is rankings are very important right now and could determine where Pete will be playing for the rest of the year.
He has played ATP events before, this is not new to him. It's the practical attitude, especially after what happened last time he was in the top 100, playing for months with a stress fracture of the pelvis, because he made it there and didn't want to sacrifice playing the events, that he worked hard to reach that he wasn't able to make the best use of it.
There is a big challenger in San Marino next week and that is more important than this one. Fact is that he is better on clay and will stick to those events, and since he won't be playing Davis Cup in September, he should be able to get into Bucharest if all goes well.
Worrying about rankings is clownish, because the matches still have to be played and won, it's just unnecessary pressure, when playing the respective opponent is enough to focus on.
Funny how many people appear here now he is on the verge of the top 100.