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I've always wondered how that thing with the co-rankings works. When Monica came back after the stabbing she had been co-Nr.1. Sure thing because it wasn't her fault. But were there others who had one? Wasn't Steffi co-ranked 3 sometime?<br />So could Mary Pierce get a co-ranking for example because she has been injured for so long now?
 

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When you are injured for at least 6 months in a row you get a co-ranking for a number of tournaments(Steffi had 10 I believe) so I guess Mary will get one too, I don`t know if she gets a seeding , it would be fair though since Steffi got it too.
 

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<font size=4>Sanex WTA Tour<br />2001 Special Ranking Rule<br />Criteria and Guidelines </font>

<br />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:<br /> <br />1. The last Tournament a player played, whether it was in singles or in doubles;<br />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.


<br /> Irma .... Steffi didn't get a co-rank , she in-fact used a Special rank

Monica Seles' injury was under exceptional circumstances therefore the WTA implied some very special rules which they hope will never be undertaken again.

She was co-ranked with another player , Steffi for a time then ASV until her Special rank privalage was removed.
 

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But why was Steffi seeded for 10 tournaments while in the rules above is written that 8 is allowed. Was it an apologize because they made a new ranking at the end of 96 to kick her from the topspot soon? just wondering <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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They had different rules back in 1996 , these were thr 2001 rules.
 

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Graf did have a special ranking in 1998 but her case was also slightly different. The top 10 players at the time, unanimously, agreed to give her a special rank with seeding privileges. When she first returned (Hanover in February), she still had a tour ranking. After Roland Garros that year, she dropped off the computer.

I remember this special status for Graf quite clearly b/c Julie Halard-Decugis was also making her comeback at a similar time and while she also had a special ranking, she was not being seeded. (She was ranked in the top 20 when she got injured in 1996).
 
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