Why the heck is Sofia the week after the YEC? Shouldn't the bigger tournament go last and end the season?
They should scrap this event, and replace it with something more productive. I mean really this event is so flawed in it's inception you wonder how on earth they ever come with it. It's "Tournament of Champions" but can't have any players that qualified directly for the Year End Championship, can't have any players that are in the Fed Cup.
This is this years Race to Sofia :
1. Serena Williams 7520
2. Agnieszka Radwanska 3837
3. Sara Errani 3780
4. Na Li 3300
5. Roberta Vinci 2310
6. Jelena Jankovic 2296
7. Maria Kirilenko 2171
8. Simona Halep 1706
9. Elena Vesnina 1520
10. Alize Cornet 1353
11. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1198
12. Francesca Schiavone 880
So of the top 12 qualifiers, 6 will be on Fed Cup duty instead (Errani, Vinci, Kirilenko, Vesnina, Pavlyuchenkova, Schiavone). 4 will almost certainly be Istanbul (Williams, Radwanska, Errani, Li) and be ineligible. Jankovic is also chasing Istanbul. And this is just now, more of the top players who will be ineligible will probably enter this phony race before the end of the year.
That's just removing all the top players, so what is really the point, it's a closed entry event, which also completely contradicts its title name. What has the winner actually won? What do you brand it as exactly. Another generic event would be better than this tbh. The U21 Championship that was suggested months ago would also be a better idea than this.