Originally Posted by 90's Clay
Guys still take slams seriously, and everyone can enter those slams. By the end of the year, the top players can only enter the YEC, and by that time many (with already a ton of tennis played under their belt, nursing some injuries and are more battered and bruised) are just looking forward to next year and a bit of a break.
Surely you can't think a tournament at the end of the year means as much as a slam in the beginning of the year?
Does the Australian Open mean more than the US Open? Guys outside the top keep up the intense playing schedule to gain enough points to qualify for the WTF. Maybe the public don't recognise it as much as they used to (?) but it's still a big deal. Way bigger than a masters atleast.