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What possible reason, other than points could a player have for entering clay court tournaments at this point in the season. I thought the Americans were idiots for playing hardcourts during the Clay season prior to the French and not one of them made it to the second round. I can't understand how playing on Clay at this point is good preperation for the US Open. It also sucks that their are all these tournaments going on and no great draws for any of them.
 

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Some players play better on clay and some just prefare clay. Playing well on any surface helps goping into a grand slam. Of course doing well on hard would be better for players in terms of how they do at the US Open, but not everything is about slams.
It's not idiotic :shrug:
Also, if someone does very well during the clay court tournaments, it could improve their ranking and so improve their draw at the US Open or indeed ensure that you don't have to play qualies. Therefore, playing on a surface you feel more comfortable on can help going into a slam
 

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Because they can? Nadal is obviously trying to get to #1, so playing in clay court event makes sense since there is a high probability of him winning it. He'll be playing in the 2 AMS events prior to the US Open, so preparation should not be a problem.
 

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Stuttgart and Kitzbühel are ISG events, therefore the points are higher than the IS events and also the adjustment from clay to hardcourt isn't as great for these players, than vice versa.

I mean PMK (Davydenko) and Youzhny played limited North American seasons and it worked well for them in 2006.
 

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If clay is your best surface, and you want points, it makes sense :p
 

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Also Claycourters will play Cincy, Toronto and maybe Long Island.
 

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Also clay is less wear and tear on the legs and feet, so some of the players (Nadal in particular) may want to get the court time and match practice in while trying to avoid injuries.
 

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We can't have only Grand Slam and Masters Series events all year. It is good to have some small tournaments here and there, otherwise some places/countries would never get any ATP tennis ever. Let the players decide what is right for their preparation for the US Open. If that means playing on clay in europe then so be it.

On the other hand, the MS events in Canada and Cincinnati are not optional so all top players should attend these (unless they reach the final in Canada but that's a different problem the ATP should address).
 

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Because clay is a natural surface and is less damaging on the muscles/ligaments/joints than the hardcourts. Plus there is enough hardcourt tennis scattered throughout the year (too much in my opinion), and it is great that are claycourt tournaments at this time of year to provide players who are bored stiff playing on hard with a suitable alternative.
 

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They can transition from clay to hard so much better than the Americans transition from hard to clay, so it won't be a problem for most of them when the USO rolls around. They'll likely have at least some matches under their belt with Canada and Cincinatii, as well. Look at Davydenko, Youzhny, Nadal, Robredo, and countless others making it deep in New York last summer after several clay events that probably gave them more ranking points anyway.
 

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They can transition from clay to hard so much better than the Americans transition from hard to clay, so it won't be a problem for most of them when the USO rolls around. They'll likely have at least some matches under their belt with Canada and Cincinatii, as well. Look at Davydenko, Youzhny, Nadal, Robredo, and countless others making it deep in New York last summer after several clay events that probably gave them more ranking points anyway.
I don't remember Nadal playing any clay tournaments after Wimbledon last year.
 
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