The Tier I is going up in stature RELATIVE to the Tier II, not in itself. There's absolut value and relative value. it's important to know the difference. I get your point now, and maybe I agree, but you should express yourself more clearly.I meant that the Tier Is are going up in stature as Tier IIs are going down.
And also, the casual fans do rate the Tier Is quite highly. I mean, maybe not in the same way in every tournament, but IW, Miami, Rome, Canada, these are highly respected events. We're still talking about Bencic for winning Toronto. And if there is a widening gap between how we view slams and Tier Is, it doesn't negate the fact that there is a larger gulf growing between Tier Is and Tier IIs.