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Jul 20th, 2002, 02:11 AM
Special Ranking Rule
All Injury Special Ranking applicants must notify the Tour of their impending need for a Special Ranking within four (4) months of their injury. Notification must be sent to the Director of Operations who will determine approval and notify the Director of Sport Sciences & Medicine with the medical information.

A. A player must have been off the Tour a minimum of six (6) months and a maximum of two (2) years to be eligible for a Sanex WTA Tour Special Ranking.

B. In singles, only players ranked in the top 300 on the Sanex WTA Rankings at the time they stopped playing will be eligible for a Sanex WTA Tour singles Special Ranking.

C. In doubles, only players ranked in the top 200 on the Sanex WTA Rankings at the time they stopped playing will be eligible for a doubles Special Ranking.

D. A player has one (1) year from the time she returns to competition and plays her first tournament to use the Special Ranking tournaments granted by the Sanex WTA Tour.

"Return to competition" is defined as a player playing any Sanex WTA Tour or ITF Women's Circuit event, and using either her "Actual" Ranking, her Special Ranking or a Wild Card to gain entry into that event.

Doubles and Singles “return to competition” dates shall be treated separately. A player will have 52 weeks in which to use her singles Special Ranking and 52 weeks in which to use her doubles Special Ranking from date of return.

E. A player's Special Ranking will be the ranking she earned immediately following the last tournament she played.

F. A player may not be seeded using her Special Ranking, however under extenuating circumstances, the Sanex WTA Tour reserves the right to seed a Gold Exempt Player while she is playing under the Special Ranking Rule. A player may be seeded using her Actual ranking even if she has been accepted into the Tournament using her Special Ranking.

G. A player may use her Special Ranking and Actual Ranking interchangeably, however, once a player has used her Special Ranking to enter a Tournament, after the entry deadline, she may not change her entry status to use her Actual Ranking. If a player has been accepted into a Tournament using her Special Ranking, only prior to the Update Ranking deadline,* may she accept a Wild Card into the same event (Main Draw to Main Draw or Qualifying to Qualifying). A player accepted into the Qualifying of a Tournament using her Special Ranking may accept a Wild Card into the Main Draw up until 4:00 p.m. the day of the Qualifying Sign-In.

*The Tournament Director must confirm the Wild Card nomination in writing to the Tour (St. Petersburg Office) by the Update Ranking deadline.

H. The number of Special Ranking tournaments a player will be granted is eight (8). To be eligible for a Special Ranking, the six (6) months mandatory time off the Tour is calculated by:

1. The last Tournament a player played, whether it was in singles or in doubles;
2. The first tournament a player plays upon her return, whether she uses her Special Ranking, Actual Ranking, or she receives a Wild Card (see Note below).

Note: Upon her return, it is the player's responsibility to report to the Sanex WTA Tour the first tournament she actually plays, whether she is accepted into an ITF or Sanex WTA Tour event using her Special Ranking, Actual Ranking or a Wild Card. From the time a player plays her first Tournament (using either her Special Ranking, Actual or by Wild Card), she will have twelve months to use her eight Special Ranking Tournaments.

Jul 20th, 2002, 02:15 AM
now in english.....

Jul 20th, 2002, 02:16 AM
What does this mean?

Lindsay can only have her seeding changed if she uses her "special ranking" to enter the tournament.

Clearly, since she is seeded #2 at Stanford, she must have done so.

You can only use your special ranking 8 times during one year.

This means if Lindsay uses it again at San Diego, Los Angeles, New Haven, and US Open, she only has 3 special rankings left.

Using any common sense, it would be better to play it safe and save some of them for next year, where she will be in danger of being completely unseeded.

Of course, this is assuming that the WTA follows its own laws. I don't think it will.

Jul 20th, 2002, 02:29 AM
Thanks for the information :) :) :)

Williams Rulez
Jul 20th, 2002, 03:00 AM
Thanks for the info... I hope Lindsay uses them sparingly... ;) :D

Jul 20th, 2002, 04:25 AM
thanx for putting this up ;)
it was getting a bit tedius ;)

Jul 20th, 2002, 05:06 AM
Yeah, I don't think they will strictly enforse that or anything. Tournaments can give gold-exempt players just about anything they want.

Jul 20th, 2002, 05:13 AM
If I were her, I wouldn't use these injury protected special rankings sparingly (apart from saving 2 for the first 2 slams of next year) - she can get herself match fit now, and get confidence - then at a later date, if shes doing great, she can deal better with being a number 7 seed.

Jul 20th, 2002, 11:57 PM
when they say special "ranking", are they referring to the numeric ranking she had? (ex. # 1, # 2) or the ranking points she had at that moment.

Because if it's by ranking points, Davenport had 4,902 points when she got injured, Venus currently has 4,917, Jennifer 3,947 and Monica 3,906.

It would make sense if they take ranking points and not ranking position, then for Stanford it would be
# 1 Venus 4917
# 2 Davenport 4902
# 3 Monica 3906.

Following the same rule, Davenport would be seed # 2 at San Diego as well because she would still be ahead of Monica and Capriati.

Jul 21st, 2002, 12:10 AM
I never really knew how they did it.

Fingon's explanation does makes a lot of sense. It could very well be the way they are doing it.

But then for the Los Angeles seedings, they would subtract Lindsay's '01 points from Stanford and add her '02 points from Stanford.

So her "special" point total will start fluctuating very soon to determine the seedings for future events including the U.S. Open.

Jul 21st, 2002, 12:14 AM
Yes Fingon, but the rule states that a person is seeded under their normal ranking, unless the WTA exercises their prerogative to seed them higher. They don't necessarily have to be seeded according to their "special" ranking, the exact seeding is once again, tour prerogative.

If I have to say the word "prerogative" one more time, I'll start thinking we are talking about Wimbledon as opposed to a proper tournament.

Jul 21st, 2002, 12:47 AM
I just say it'll be all easier to understand when Monica wins the title. ;)