I think Exho is a far cry from a regular match. Only the travel may interrupt the training
Indeed, but it's the intention of going to play that makes be believe this.
Besides, I bet every player ranked outside the top 50 or so would appreciate more chances to win points and money. No need to force the top players to play, but it gives hardcore spectators more chances to watch and satisfies the lower-ranked players needs and wants.
I like the idea of having the LA clay swing in December. Apparently that is being considered.