Today I was denied to play the qualifying event of the ATP tour event at Delray Beach. Although I fought my way through a 128 pre-qualifying draw to get the WC into the qualifying I still was not accepted into the draw which has just been published and has 11 byes.
The ITF forces the ATP to follow certain procedures which are nowhere to be found by the public, and of course not one professional player is aware of these regulations (new regulations). The ITF accused me of a late withdrawal although I withdrew on time but their electronic system showed "withdrawal being processed", and therefore my withdrawal date was the following day. On top of everything I had received an e-mail from ITF stating that I could not take part in any ITF pro circuit events during that week, but not one word was mentioned about challengers and ATP tour events.
As well a Futures event is being held nearby, and several players who have lost in the qualifying event today, tried to sign-in to the Delray Beach qualifying event, and their entries were denied because of the "one tournament per week rule". There is already so little money in the game at this level and players who have lost in one qualifying event are refused the right to play. Where is the logic? Are the two associations (ITF and ATP) working to provide the players with a working place or just limiting their possibilities?
As well, why is it necessary to withdraw 14 days before a Futures event, to be eligible to play upwards, in a Challenger or ATP Tour event? Which interests are being protected by that stupid rule? Clearly the ITF's!
Wow. Just assumed he was injured - didn't imagine there being this rule, especially when players who play qualies for a grand slam can play qualies for an ATP whose main draw is held the week of the grand slam's qualies. (they can withdraw from qualies as late as a day or two before, should they qualify for the ATP event) Like Krainik says, two weeks before is to withdraw is too long, given the scarcity of money that there is in ITF events.