Considering that the local state government is into the immediately upcoming elections and that hardly any apperance money was available, it is a pretty good field. There were something like 15 or 16 top-100 players last year. Something like 12 this time after 3 withdrawlas this time. Remember that this is a $140K event. I am not too down on the field for a second year event.
I think a title sponsor has just come in (there may be an announcement today?) .. We may be looking at this tournament getting better in the future. ..