Don't they expect to attract more top-ranked players if they made it tier 1? IMO it could take players from Paris and Dubai, and even Tokyo.
If Antwerp is tier 1, it would make sense to skip Tokyo (which many players do anyway) and play another tier 1 instead, or play Tokyo, take a week off, and play another tier 1.
For players who chose between Antwerp and Paris, or Antwerp and Dubai, the bigger money and points in Antwerp will attract there.
Career high ranking: 6 (16/10/2005)
Current Ranking: 40, 789 pts, 35 tournaments
2007 race to the championship: 26, 293 pts, 8 tournaments
Year-end Ranking: 2006 - 46, 2005 - 8, 2004 - 63, 2003 - 146
Winner: 2006 - Beijing, 2005 - Sydney, Budapest, Hasselt
Runner-up: 2006 - Prague, 2005 - Hyderabad, Forest Hills, Los Angeles YEC
Semifinal: 2006 - Paris, Bogota, 2004 - Sopot
Quarterfinal: 2005 - Prague, Modena, 2004 - Indian Wells, Stockholm, Seoul, Filderstadt