Not the world's most reliable source, but he is a fairly respected tennis podcaster, insofar as respected tennis podcaster is a thing at all.
If the situation really is that bad then that seems to me the only reason why. I know the resort where this tournament is held (Forte Village Resort - Luxury family resort in Sardinia, Italy). It's usually an ITF event if I'm not wrong, but if there is a place on Sardinia with the infrastructure to handle such an event all on its own then this one is clearly up there. There definitely is some truth to this old joke:None of the Italians know anything