Originally Posted by Moose Malloy
re-read post #6.
I've been telling you that fact for years & you just seem to ignore it every time the AO is discussed, which is strange since you seem obsessed with 'points' when dealing with the importance of current events(Olympics, WTF, etc)
do you really think the 1st year the ATP awarded equal points to the AO is insignificant in determining its importance?
Yes, the tournament was big in, say, 1990. But not nearly as big as it is today(check how many top 30/50/100 players didn't play it that year, that sort of attendance would be unthinkable today. its not all about the top 4 or 5players. And I believe the attendance of the top 50 was better in '95 than '90 as well)
and in '83/'84 top players were being paid appearance fees to play. again, it was a big event then but not nearly on the same level of the other 3 majors.
While the Melbourne event gained respect again from 1983 on, I still consider WCT Finals and Masters superior tournaments until 1988 or so.