shtexas wrote:The Stella Artois event is a larger draw, so several more lower ranked players are being given the opportunity to compete. Therefore, I don't have a problem with the byes at all. They are simply the result of a larger draw. It would be much worse if the tournament reduced the draw to 32. Don't the events in Indian Wells and Miami have byes because of their larger draws? What about the indoor Masters Series events? I believe they also have byes. Otherwise, those indoor events would be forced to reduce their draw sizes because they don't have enough indoor courts to play a non-bye 64 player draw.
Im not only complaining about Stella Artois,Im saying that any Tournament that has 10 bye's in the first round is guilty of ignorance.......because 10 lower ranked Pro Players could be getting the opportunity to make some real money,and a chance to win a match aginst a top 50 player.
There simply is no way for a player ranked between 100 and 150 to make money....it's not possible.
So the ATP in my opinion should be looking for ways to improve the earnings of players ranked over 100.......by giving bye's they're not doing that.
IMO Tennis is the hardest most competetive individual sport in the world.
Golf does'nt even come close.......most Pro golfers are 30 pounds overweight,unfit and way too rich..........not so with Tennis.
Tennis players have to be supremely fit just to compete.
However go and take a look at what a Pro Golfer ranked between 100 and 150 in the world earns a year.
Stella Artois only has three courts(I think)......so if this was the case then why did they only start the Singles Qualifying on the Saturday,instead of the Friday.
In the end a couple of players who were doing really well at the Surbiton Challenger,had to play two Qualifying matches at Stella back to back......bad organization....un professional IMO.