Purtov, I also was eliminated on day 2 because of the withdrawal. I understand it's annoying but that was the correct ruling as per the existing rules. The board had to make a tough decision and they made it. It has been recognised that the rules are poorly worded and are in need of updating, so that there isn't any controversy like this again.
The fact is that both you and I chose Bellucci to win because he was playing a wild card ranked 377. Had it been known he was going to play the world no. 68 instead then neither of us would have picked him and gone with our backup picks instead.
After this issue, I'd say the rules are not only poorly worded, but also don't account for LLs properly.
For example, OOP in thread has a match Ferrer vs Fognini
, and someone really wants a safe bet in Day 1: Ferrer
. I imagine one would fancy his pick on Ferrer against any unseeded in the draw. Fognini withdraws, and is replaced with Brands. Now there can be 2 situations depending on the time of withdrawal:
1) Withdrawal and LL info is known after the play has started this day. Here, rules need proper wording - as Day 1: Ferrer
means Ferrer over Fognini
. Although again, what if one doesn't care who Ferrer plays and just wants a safe bet on a top-10 player?
2) Withdrawal and LL Brands are known before the play has started this day, but after the manager has posted the OOP - and one makes a pick on Ferrer based on LL info. The player makes a pick Day 1: Ferrer
meaning Ferrer over Brands
. Some ST managers update the thread once a day - so not online to sort this situation before the deadline (and objectively can't be each day). What is the decision here?