I learned from today’s Tennis Mailbag that Roger has entered the Stockholm Open. The last time he played this tournament was in 2000, when he was ranked 29th in the world and lost to Andreas Vinciguerra (!?) in the Round of 16.
The Stockholm Open starts on October 6 and will be Roger’s first tournament after the U.S. Open. It’s an International Series event played on indoor hard courts as a warmup to the Madrid Masters the following week. He’s also scheduled to play in Basel and Paris that month, meaning that he’s playing almost nonstop for four weeks in a row, with about a week off before November’s Masters Cup in Shanghai.
I was about to get in a real tizzy about this, when I realized that Roger signed up to play this event way back in February.
So whaddya think? Is Roger just hankering for an appearance fee, a Swedish soujourn or a grueling endurance test? After losing in Australia in January, did he foresee that he’d need to scoop up some extra rankings points, choosing to do so towards the end of the year when Nadal and Djoky are usually worn out and cranky? Does he think the extra practice will get him in tip top shape for Masters Cup? Is he taking career counseling from Kolya and Jelena?
Or in light of recent events, does his quirky sheduling decision just appear more significant than it really is?