Originally Posted by SQA333
I don't see how it's significantly less. He's only really skipping one major tournament, Miami, and replacing Basel with Rotterdam (he's only played both tournaments once, and that's in 2012).
He's only got 14 stops on his schedule right now (not counting the WTF) and easily could pull out of a number of them (either of Rotterdam/Dubai, Halle, Shanghai or Shanghai). Last year he played 17, 16 the year before, and 18 the year before that. I would be surprised if he played any more than 15 events this year. I think he might actually play less than that. We'll see.