Originally Posted by Devilito
depends on how big the qualifying draw is / your ranking (local, national or even ATP points if you're international) and prior results. For something like this you’d contact the tournament director directly and talk to him to make sure you’re in so you can make travel arrangements. Each situation can be different. Most tournaments like this provide accommodations through volunteers taking in out of town players and your flight is either paid for or subsidized depending on your drawing power. $8000 for first place could easily draw in a top 100-200 player that’s got nothing better going on that week.
Last year our top player was Rik De Voest. He had a ranking of about 150. Unfortunately for him and for our spectators, he lost in the first round (he was jet lagged and came up against a very good teaching pro from Vancouver). Our new format will, of course, keep a player like him in the tournament even with an early loss. Ironically the teaching pro lost in the next round to someone who lost in the next round to someone who lost in the finals. It proved that on any given day, there are a lot of players out there who can compete at a very high level.