Federer, Nadal and Djokovic pander to plutocrats and charge huge appearance fees. The "trickle down effect" means that tournaments like the Heineken Open now have to pay appearance money for racketeers that many of us have never heard of. It's close to extortion.
At the end of Federer's first round match at the Australian Open a fawning interviewer asked about his kids and if he had bought coach Stefan Edberg a birthday present - no, by the way, the privilege of knocking up with 'King Roger' was enough of a present apparently.
He is playing Düsseldorf Qualies and Doubles Main Draw. He also hasn't won a match here yet.
I think it's a smart decision, because he is more likely to get some ranking points in Düsseldorf than Paris, especially with his current form, and he will still have some time to prepare for the grass season. He has to defend a first round at Wimbledon.
__________________ TT Singles: W 2014: Heilbronn I TT Singles: W 2013: Marseille, Sarasota TT Singles: W 2012: Blois Fut; QF USO TT Singles ranking: 107 (High: 52)
TT Doubles: W 2013: Winston-Salem, Sarajevo; SF USO (w/ appleGirl) TT Doubles: W 2012: Antalya, Tiburon; SF USO (w/ appleGirl) TT Doubles: W 2011: Izmir CH (w/ appleGirl) TT Doubles ranking: 52 (High: 31)