Why is Djokovic playing in China instead of Japan when he's sponsored by UNIQLO?

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  1. SoBad

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    Beijing is faster than Tokyo, lemonade:)
     
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    Since there is nothing in the news about anyone being pissed off or Djokovic snubbing anyone, I think it is safe to assume that all of your assumptions are inaccurate.

    1. Sure, UNIOLO would like him to play in their tournament, but it seems like that was not a part of the agreement.

    2. The contract he signed with UNIOLO was probably for a lot of money, but likely not enough money for Djokovic to commit to playing the Tokyo tournament.

    3. Beijing probably offered Djokovic a lot of money for him to play there as well.
     
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    The tournament is over now but I think 2 good reasons Djokovic played in China is 1) The bigger prize money pot as one poster mentioned and 2) He's played there the last 2 years (now 3 years). Just my opinion, though. Not sure about appearance fees, but that could be another reason. I haven't looked into it. As far as rankings point go, the points in Beijing are the same as Tokyo.
     
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  7. BreakPoint

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    If he were still sponsored by Tacchini, would you want him to play only in Europe?

    Only in Italy?

    :roll:
     
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    Murray was the defending champion in Tokyo which is why he probably chose to play there.

    Djokovic wasn't defending champion in Beijing. He won it in '09 and '10 but didn't play it last year. Berdych won it last year but interestingly chose not to defend his title and played in Tokyo instead.

    He is 2-3 v Murray in match-ups this year, 8-7 overall.
     
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    Djokovic was playing in the China Open before he got sponsored by uni qlo.
     
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    Who said anything about "only"? :confused:

    But if tournaments in Japan and China are happening at the same time, yes, I would expect a big Japanese sponsor who pays you many millions of dollars would want you to play in Japan.
     
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  13. Gonzo_style

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    Why Federer played Roterdam and Dubai and not San Jose and Delray Beach :)
     
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    I just found that both tournament resurfaced the courts last year, so I'm actually not so sure how the court speed has changed. Though until 2010 (Nole didn't play Beijing last year) Tokyo was known as one of the fastest courts on the calendar and apparently Nole felt comfortable on Beijing courts.

    http://tennisinsight.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=17683
    http://tennisinsight.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=17684


    I know he was and I don't think there's anything strange there. What I'm saying is if you look up their tournament history, one has played both and the other just one. So assuming the reason that the latter player chose the only tournament that he's played before, and not only that but won the title two times in a row, again was mainly to avoid a certain player sounds less plausible. That's it.

    Again I know and mean it 'effectively'. He may not be technically the defending champion but the tournament organizers and the crowd treated him like one and he also seemed to consider himself that way. IMO, it mattered when he made the decision.

    Back then (July 9th), the last match between the two was Miami final and he was leading the match-up by 2-1 in this season.

    You seemed to misunderstand my comment greatly. As I said with 'nor vice versa', I really don't think either of them cared about which tournament the other boy entered. Simply there was no clear motivation to do that at that point and both choices looked equally logical to me.
     
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  15. BreakPoint

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    Um...Rotterdam and Dubai are ATP 500 level tournaments and San Jose and Delray Beach are only ATP 250 level tournaments. What would be the point of Federer playing in a 250 level tournament? Too much competition for him at that level? How often does Federer play in any ATP 250 level events? Maybe he should start playing challengers, too? In any case, he plays in plenty of tournaments in the U.S., e.g., US Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Cincinnati, etc. How many tournaments does Djokovic play in Japan?
     
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  16. Gonzo_style

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    Ok i know that you are angry because Djok won Beijing, gain 500 points and probably will finish year on Nr1, it's ok let it go....
     
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    How many tournaments Murray play in Germany? :)
     
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    Here's some news from his fb.

    Believe it or not, I arrived to Japan and tried the best sashimi ever in one traditional restaurant in Tokyo. I wish Marian was with me, he would go crazy about this food. So tasty :) Tomorrow is a big day for me and my apparel sponsor UNIQLO, and I can't wait to share the news with you! Stay tuned!
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