I'm sorry but I vehemently disagree. There is nothing to interpret about the rule. In the earlier years it was allowed to send picks after the deadline if play hadn't started yet - if there was a rain delay, for example. That's why the first part of the rule states that no picks will be allowed after the deadline. And the second part states what the deadline should be. There's nothing to interpret there.
Like I wrote in the managers thread, it isn't the end of the world if the differences are a couple of hours late. If the majority of players feel they would rather move up the deadline than wait for differences, that's fine but the rule needs changing then. You can't do that under the current rule.
Well you can say that all you like but a) I disagree that there's nothing to interpret. Evidently there is if plenty of other managers, including Labamba, who is on the TT board and did this for the Hopman Cup, have needed to set earlier deadlines in order to make the tournament more smoothly.
The rule states:
- Managers will set a deadline at which no more picks will be allowed, even if a point hasn't been played. The deadline will be taken from the official order of play and set at a time when the first match begins.
I argued then and I argue now that the first part of this contradicts the second.
Managers will set a deadline at which no more picks will be allowed, even if a point hasn't been played.
But if the tournament OOP's start of play is THE DEADLINE, then there is no manager setting a deadline, the deadline is already set by the tournament's OOP.
The deadline will be taken from the official order of play and set at a time when the first match begins.
This is fairly explicit but as I say, contradicts at least partially the first part, and I think the overall wording here is too ambiguous.
The reality is that I'm not the first manager who has set an early deadline to make things run more smoothly - at least 2 of the current TT board have done so and therefore there's precedence that is arguing against that rule being applied the way you believe it should be. I can recall early deadlines being set from when I first starting playing TT back in 2009, this is not a new situation.
At the time I had this incident, in January, I asked for the wording on this to be cleared up and the question of whether early deadlines are allowed and if so, under what circumstances, to be made explicit. This has not yet been done so.