Originally Posted by TheFifthSet
But the fact that it is non-mandatory and the others ARE mandatory (every other one), says something about its' status, right?
Do you think a player would base their decision on playing Basel vs. playing another event that had the same amount of points and similar prize money, on the fact that it's not a Gold?
Same points, equal/better prize money, considerable prestige (many great players have played it over the years). Very little discrepancy, if any.
The status is the category to which the event belongs. I couldn't care less if it's mandatory or not + none of the 500 are mandatory, so it's totally irrelevant to the subject at hand. Lots of top players skip supposedly mandatory events for various reasons. That has nothing to do with the status. There are 4 slams and 9 masters, period.