Originally Posted by decrepitude
I thought SE's were for people who would normally have to qualify, but cannot get to qualifying because they are through to the latter stages of a tournament the week before?
You don't have to ask for an SE. They're a system at work here.
There are SEs listed for all of the tournaments a week after a grand slam. If someone were listed as an alternate on the list for Zagreb, for example, and they made it to the final weekend of the Australian, they could go directly in to the main draw at Zagreb.
This only works when the next tournament is of equal or lesser value. So, for the upcoming Rotterdam tournament there are no SEs. But the next week Acapulco does have an SE because it's equal to Rotterdam.
EXAMPLE: Last summer, Paul-Henri Mathieu got into the Montreal Masters because so many players dropped out. One week later in the Cincinnati Masters there were fewer drop outs and Mathieu was still on the alternates list. But because he made the semi-finals in Montreal he was still playing there when the Cincinnati qualifying started. So he got to take a SE spot in the Cincinnati main draw.
Because there are no players still in the Australian ranked too low to make the main draw somewhere next week, all of the SE spots will be cleared.