Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: in Cloud Cuckoo Land
they can play low Tiers, the tournament needs to sell tickets.
but here is the criteria for Gold Exempt Players
e. Tier III/IV/V Playdown Rules
1) In a week where there is no Tier I or II Tournament scheduled opposite a Tier III, IV or V Tournament:
a. Gold Exempt Players listed 1-6 may play down provided that the player appeals in writing at least 14 days in advance of the Tournament and receives approval from the Sanex WTA Tour Senior Vice President of Tour Operations & Player Operations and Player Relations. If a Gold Exempt Player listed 1-6 plays down in a Tier III Tournament, it may count as one of her Tournaments on her minimum commitment schedule if approved by the Senior Vice President of Tour Operations & Player Operations and Player Relations.
2) In a week when there is no Tier I or II Tournament scheduled and a Tier III, IV or V event is scheduled the same week:
a. Gold Exempt Players may not play down in the Tier IV or V event unless
Player Commitment has been met at the Tier III event by the end of the preceding year’s Championships
Note: For e1) and e2), such requests may be granted by the Tour but no more than two (2) times per player per Tour Year. A Tier IV or V Tournament does not count towards a player’s minimum commitment requirement. It will be an additional tournament to her schedule.
3) In a week when there is a Tier I or II Tournament scheduled opposite a Tier III, IV or V:
a. The first four players on the Gold Exempt List may not play down.
b. Gold Exempt Players listed 4-8 may play down in a Tier III, IV or V Tournament provided that Contractual Player Commitment has been made to the Tier I or II Tournament by the final day of the 2001 Championships and at the time the player listed 5-8 enters the Tier III, IV or V Tournament.
c. Gold Exempt Players listed 9-20 may play down. However, Players must appeal to the Sanex WTA Tour in order to play down more than two (2) times per Tour Year.
4) Notwithstanding the above Playdown for restrictions for singles, Gold Exempt Players may play doubles at Tier III, IV or Tier V events provided that the Tier I, II, or III Tournament opposite it (if any) has its Contractual Player Commitment.
Note: The provisions of the Tier III/IV/V Playdown Rule applys on the Gold Exempt List regardless of whether such players make the commitment specified in Section III, A.4.