Current ATP rankings:
8. Tsonga – 3425 points (defending 1060 points to the end of Bercy.)
9. Richard – 3165 points (defending 485 points to the end of Bercy.)
10. Stan – 3150 points (defending 270 points to the end of Bercy.)
Even if Tsonga was fully fit he would struggle to defend all those points. Coming back from a 2+ month lay-off is going to be really tough for him. I think we may soon have a new world no. 8 ... but who will it be?!?!?!?
Richie will have to defend his title in Bangkok which seems very tough. What's worse Kuala Lumpur is a weaker field than Bangkok, so Wawrinka will be soon ahead of Gasquet (and Tsonga, winner in Metz and runner-up in Beijing last year.) Still I'm not very pessimistic, for Wawrinka is not a good indoor player and doesn't play well later in the season. For WTF, it matters if Richard can win another title and if he can go deep in masters. Then the road to 8th will open up!
It's interesting both Gasquet and Wawrinka will play six tourneys in a row and share five out of the six! They both chose incredibly tough 500 tourneys.. Beijing and Basel. They will be unable to win a 500 title, so, as I said above, 250 and 1000 are important!
Personally I just hope Richie will stay in form. Not a great schedule for his body.. so he needs to take advantage as early as possible! Allez Richard.