I couldn't care if Andy took the rest of the year off.
If he's burnt out and that's what he needs to come back stronger, then I'm fine with that.
I struggle with the rankings stuff, so hypothetically speaking, if he did that and came back for the AO, would that help him in the points for next year?
Over to the experts, thanks...
Thought I responded before, but seems I didn't post it! OK with me too if Andy takes the rest of the year off. The pics of him and Kim looking so relaxed and happy on the beach in the Bahamas were fabulous - even if they should never have been published. If he needs more of that, fine.
But has anyone in his team suggested that this might happen? I know John McEnroe advised it...
If he did take the rest of the year off I don't see it could actually help
with points for next year - except that this time next year everything would be a bonus as there would be no points to defend.
Otherwise, as people have said, Andy would start the year with 5790 points, almost certainly ranked 3 or 4, with quite a lot of points to defend in January. Mostly the points he gained in tournaments this year would be replaced by whatever he gains next year.
However I think he would also have 0 point penalties for Tokyo and Basel as well as Washington, which would last for a year, so he might not be able to count points from lesser tournaments while these penalties are in force. But he might not play lesser tournaments, and if he "came back stronger" and gained more points from the 1000s it might not make much difference anyway. Hope that makes sense.
There is a further penalty for missing Masters 1000 tournaments - eg Shanghai. It doesn't apply to Fed, Djoko, Nadal or Ferrer because they've played over 600 matches. I've asked before, and no one has come up with an example of it being enforced, so I doubt Andy would be affected
"Players with direct acceptance who do not play an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament will be suspended from a subsequent ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, which will be the next highest points earned ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event within the next 12 months. If an injured player is on site within the first three days of a tournament to conduct promotional activities over a two-day period, a suspension will not be enforced but a 0-pointer will be counted on a player's ranking".http://www.atpworldtour.com/Rankings/Rankpx