I was stunned to read (Record newspaper) that Joćo Sousa is still waiting for some answers before he decides if he plays this year's Portugal Open!
Is he expecting appearance fee?? Risky move. No doubt he deserves one, since a lot of tickets will be sold through his name. Portuguese fans are eager to see him play, and hopefully go deep in the draw. That will mean a lot of tickets sold. Plus last year Joćo Lagos refused him a WC, since he was coming from injury, and only three weeks later, he was winning a match in RG and a CH in the following week.
But it“s a risky decision, since he needs sponsorship, that's where the big money will come from, and sponsors pursue the players with more fans. His legion of fans (his market) will be in Portugal, no doubt. So, he can get bad press if he decides not to play, and the fans will be heart-broken. Who knows what that might do to his cheering fans at FB and elsewhere?? Who knows what that might do to his sponsors contracts?