Originally Posted by buddyholly
I don't think it is a rule that they MUST participate. It just means they can't substitute points from another tournament in the yearly rankings race.
They will not be arrested and handcuffed in Houston for not having shown up at MC.
From Madrid MS site:
"The ATP Masters Series are the gem of the men's ATP professional tennis circuit and the most important tournaments in the world together with the four Grand Slams (Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open). The 50 best players within the ESP must participate in these tournaments
and they are automatically included in their qualification without exception. Furthermore, there are more prices given, more public attending them and a more press and TV coverage than in any other tournaments of the circuit"
Rod, go to jail !!