Schwartzman Barcelona Open

Does anyone know why Schwartzman, number 24 in the world, had to qualify for Barcelona when someone ranked below him, such as number 30 Tiafoe, was seeded?
 

EloQuent

G.O.A.T.
What was the point of playing? He barely got any points for playing 4 matches. Why not just wait until the next tournament?
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
What was the point of playing? He barely got any points for playing 4 matches. Why not just wait until the next tournament?
Got knocked out of Monte Carlo earlier than expected.

If skip Barcelona, give up opportunity to get points that he needs, plus give up opportunity to play real competition on clay to warm up for RG...
 
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