Hi, would like to ask a SE question.
I have got into the semis in Acapulco (yes, thinly veiled brag). Would this allow me to enter Indian Wells and apply for a SE, or does the week gap mean I can't? Or would I have to make the final in Acapulco anyway?
1. You would only get a SE for a tournament of equal or lesser value. Acapulco is a 500, which means you could get SE for a 500, 250 or Challenger, not a 1000.
2. SE is intended to reflect the ATP situation, and compensate players who are physically unable to travel in time. Qualies start Saturday, so a player playing a TT final Saturday/Sunday cannot "travel". A SE entitlement cannot be saved for a week.
3. Reaching a SF does not grant a SE except in the rare instance of Friday's real play being postponed to Saturday, so semi-finalists are still playing.
So if you reach the final in Acapulco, you would be entitled to ask for a SE in Dallas, Cherbourg or Salinas. In fact you have entered Salinas and have a MD place anyway.
Hope this makes it all clearer.