Boutter playing $50K Grenoble

09-29-2002, 05:30 PM
Why are you doing this Julien? Playing $50K challengers... :confused:

There's no point in him playing a 50K tourney... this looks too Stevenson-ish for me :rolleyes:

09-29-2002, 05:53 PM
I know i was shocked too :sad:
Didnt he won an ATP title this year? Or am i confusing him with Escude as always :rolleyes:?

09-29-2002, 06:36 PM
some ATP players play Challengers
others no matter would never.

Novak played one just before Wimbledon
Younes El Aynaoui played some too

09-29-2002, 06:44 PM
There's nothing wrong with this. It's near his hometown, why wouldn't he?

Allez Julien :D

09-29-2002, 07:23 PM
Never said its wrong, its just weird.

09-29-2002, 08:28 PM
Ivan Ljubicic played here last year as well. They probably play b/c they don't want to go through qualifying in Moscow.

09-30-2002, 01:47 AM
It's just quite weird.

Challengers are made for lower ranked players who need points and money to build their careers.

Mr. Boutter doesn't need that.

10-05-2002, 10:01 PM
Boutter had an elbow injury at the US Open and this challenger was his comeback tournament.

He said Moscow was too high a level for coming back, he felt better starting with a "smaller" tourney.

Also for a French player, to play in France, the week before the Lyon tourney, is nice and makes some sense.