Originally Posted by Prisoner of Birth
It is all the more special because the entry is far more select. You need to earn your spot in the WTF by being one of the best players for the past year. That makes it special.
And your last line doesn't make much sense to me. Nobody said the WTF is as important as any Slam. But you seem to be suggesting the AO means more than Wimbledon or the US Open just because it's at the start of the year.
The slams are all equally as important nowadays.. Obviously. You dont have multiple players withdrawing from slams like you do the YEC. It was the other poster who mentioned a slam.. I wasn't even talking slams.. I was talking the YEC in general which has lost significant importance over the years.. At least to years before
1. The WTF is at the end of the year, when players are looking for a break
2. Players are withdrawing from the YEC all the time over the years.
The last tournament of REAL importance at the end of the year is the USO IMO.