Originally Posted by andfor
I think you have a clouded vison of what a top player is. With 3 tournaments going on at the same time and him being ranked top 15 he's a top player if you're a tournament director. Do a little research on how much money Rotterdam gives out vs. Memphis and Costa Do Sauipe. You won't be clouded anymore. They give out more appearacne cash for a tournament of it's size than any other on the planet.
So you're saying he's running from the competition in Rotterdam to the easy competition in the states? If that's the case we'll see how it works out.
Why do you think JJ's back in Memphis this year? JJ did not come back to defend his title last year. Was he a top player last year? According to your standards, no. Insted he chose to play Rotterdam. You think money had nothing to do with that? Now JJ's ranking is down and he probly did not get Rotterdam appearence $$$$. Oh well back to Memphis.
Trust me, living in The Netherlands means I have an edge when it comes to watching documentaries and reports on the event here and they usually only give out appearance fees to about three to five players. If they were to pay every player in the draw, the tournament would have gone bankrupt in no time. I think Federer, Nadal, Safin are players that are likely to get appearance fees, but below that, players will just have to do with the prize money.
For Rotterdam standards, Tommy has never been a top player. With an entry list closing at about 50, and with a solid number of Top 10 players every year, Robredo is often not even seeded and would for the tournament director not be an eyecatching name.
The reason Joachim Johansson is not in Rotterdam this year, is because his ranking is far too low to get a direct entry into the main draw. Rotterdam would fit his game so much better than Memphis, which I presume would be the reason he came to Rotterdam last year instead of Memphis (especially as he could combine it with Marseilles). If Pim Pim gets his ranking back up, expect to see him in Rotterdam next year.
By the way, I never called the competition in Memphis easy
. It is relatively easy, compared to Rotterdam, but by no means a push-over field.