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b. Number of Tournaments and Timing
i. Number of Tournaments
A player will be granted eight (8) Tournaments in which to use
her Special Ranking.
A player has one (1) year from the date she returns to competition
to use the Special Ranking Tournaments granted by the
WTA. The latest a player may use her singles and/or doubles
Special Ranking is at a Tournament scheduled the same calendar
week in which the Special Ranking expires.
“Return to Competition” is defined as a player playing any
event (singles or doubles) where ranking points are awarded
and using her actual ranking, her Special Ranking or a Wild
Card to gain entry into that Tournament. Playing in any tennis
event, even without ranking points being awarded, will count
as a player’s Return to Competition if such event takes place
during the player’s first six (6) months out of competition and
will thus render the player ineligible for a Special Ranking.
Doubles and Singles Return to Competition dates shall be
treated as the same date using the event that is played first
(either singles or doubles).
i. Mandatory Out-of-competition Period
The six-month mandatory out-of-competition period is calculated
(a) The last Tournament a player played, whether in singles or
The date for calculations will be either:
(i) The last day of that Tournament; or
(ii) The Monday following the last match played, if it is
during a multiple-week tournament.
(b) The first Tournament a player plays upon her return,
whether she uses her Special Ranking or actual ranking,
or receives a Wild Card. (See Player Responsibilities –
The earliest a player may return to competition is in a match
scheduled during the same calendar week in which the sixmonth
ii. Tournament Entry and Acceptance
All requests for use of a Special Ranking in WTA Tour
Tournaments or ITF Women’s Circuit events must be made
through Tour Operations by the respective WTA Tour entry
deadline or at least one (1) week prior to the entry deadline of
an ITF Women’s Circuit event. No requests after the entry
deadlines will be considered.
(a) WTA Tour Tournaments
A player may use her Special Ranking and actual ranking
interchangeably; however, once a player designates
which ranking she is using to enter a Tournament, she
may not change her designation after the entry deadline.
It should be noted that in instances where multiple players
with the same ranking enter the same Tournament, for
acceptance purposes, a player using the actual ranking
shall supersede a player using her Special Ranking.
(b) Grand Slams
A player may enter a maximum of one (1) Grand Slam
using her Special Ranking as part of her eight (8) Special
Mixed Doubles at a Grand Slam will count towards a player’s
doubles allotment under the Special Ranking Rule. If
an eligible player uses her Doubles Special Ranking to
enter a Doubles Main Draw and/or Qualifying and the
Mixed Doubles at a Grand Slam, it will count as one (1)
Doubles Grand Slam Special Ranking.