The Brasil Open – the fourth and final leg of the South American clay-court swing – is fighting a losing battle with the competing event in Acapulco.
Both are held the week before Indian Wells. Acapulco is closer, offers more rankings points and, since it switched from clay in 2014, now is played on the surface the players will see all of March.
So Sao Paulo made a request to also change to hard courts.
Unfortunately (or fortunately for players like three-time champ Pablo Cuevas) the ATP Tour’s board turned it down at its meeting last month.