Another SE question, this one very hypothetical, I'm not even sure it makes sense, but SEs always leave me confused.
Say you have a tournament with only 31 players by the Friday deadline. One of these 31 is a low ranked player who would be SE eligible if the tournament were full, say an LE NR who made a final that week. The manager pushes back the deadline to Sunday to try and fill the draw, and two ranked players enter, leaving our LE NR as an alternate. Has the SE spot already cleared, or can the player apply for it?
I know that it wouldn't make sense to have the SE be given on Sunday, since it's supposed to be to avoid playing qualies and a final simultaneously, but it also seems somewhat unfair to the player in question. Plus, as I said, SE's confuse me
I suspect that the SEs clear on Friday, so that anything that happens afterwards, they're gone, but I'm not sure. This probably will never come up, but it's bothering me anyways. There's probably a simple answer, I just have gotten myself so off on this tangent I can't escape