wouldn't you get a zero anyway? How the rankings are done confuse me..
if you play less than 4 ATP500 tournaments (or Monte-Carlo) in the calendar year, you get a zero-pointer, which means that you have to count one less optional result.
Presumably, a player who is allowed to play all grand slams and MS1000 tournaments, can potentially count 6 optional results, including ATP500, ATP250, challenger (and futures
It means that in such a case, he can count only 5 of them.
For instance that's Nadal and Federer's case at the moment ... and that will probably be their case in the end of the year as well, as like last year, I don't think Federer will play Tokyo or Beijing, and I don't think Nadal will play Valencia. Which means both of them will only have played 3 ATP500 (or Monte-Carlo) tournaments in the calendar year.
How is this applied ? See Monfils, he has not played any ATP500 tournament (or Monte-Carlo) yet this year. And after Hamburg, there will be only 3 dates left to play ATP500 tournaments.
Then Monfils will have to count a zero-pointer for Hamburg ... which means that he will count one less optional result.
For Federer, after Tokyo and Beijing, he will have played only 2 ATP500 tournaments this year and there will be only one date left to play ATP500 tournaments ... then he will count one zero-pointer for Tokyo or Beijing ... which means that he will be able to count only 5 optional results.
Which is the exact same situation for him as last year, which means that he will just keep his zeropointer from Tokyo and still be able to count only 5 optional results and not 6.
Same case for Nadal probably but only in Valencia.
What's new comparing to last year however is that among your 6 optional results, you don't have to count necessarily 4 ATP500 results including zeropointers (well some players were allowed to count only 3 of them in a complicated case
... which will probably be the case of players like Tipsarevic : he will have played 4 ATP500 tournaments in the calendar year but he will have had better results in ATP250 tournaments then he will count less than 4 ATP500 results in his rankings.
Well I hope it's more understandable now
Anyway the new situation is still much easier than last year