...Though I must say I am quite surprised he chose to avoid Tour level matches at Bangkok and now Japan/China where it would have benefited him immensely. After all, he could have got a direct entry into these tournaments. This is the level where he needs to play.
“What a fate: to be condemned to work for a firm where the slightest negligence at once gave rise to the gravest suspicion! Were all the employees nothing but a bunch of scoundrels, was there not among them one single loyal devoted man who, had he wasted only an hour or so of the firm's time in the morning, was so tormented by conscience as to be driven out of his mind and actually incapable of leaving his bed?”
- G.S; before his inevitable demise
I do object to players of his ranking playing the challengers but on another level i do understand why he's playing challengers. Next week is one of the only(if not the only) chance for him to play at home and he wants to take it. I dont think it would have made to much sense for him to go to play one of the asian events, go back to europe and play in mons and then go back to asia to play in shanghai and then go back to europe again.
it makes more sense for him to stay in europe this week . Since he's only planning on going to shanghai it almost makes sense to skip the asian swing entirely
hopefully next season he will manage his schedule a little better because in general i do agree that he should be focusing on the atp tour now
Let's hope Mons will be the last challenger event of his career
BTW, he's not on the Shanghai qualifying entry list, only on the main draw one, but as an alternate and probably won't get in.
So I guess Stockholm will be his first tournament after Mons and then Basel/Valencia.