Well luckily it isnt THAT much points and it isnt too difficult to understand.
The minimal increase in challengers compared to the doubling of ATP events is complete bullshit though.
So the points will all be doubled at the end of 2008 and then will be "reconfigured" to the 2009 points throughout the year. All players are screwed in this manner and only the players who win events won't lose points.
Now, is it still the top 18/19 events with 5 optionals? Isn't there a requirement for top 10ers or something?
This is my understanding, I could be wrong:
It's eight mandatory masters, if you skip one you won't be able to participate in the one you did the best in the following year. Then you have to play four 500 events, one of which is post-US Open - or you get a naught. Then there are two further optionals, which would consist out of Monte Carlo, other 500s and all 250s.