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6. Other events


6.1 World Tour Finals (WTF)

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6.1.1 Entries

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6.1.1.1 Qualified players - singles
- The Top 8 singles players in the Singles Race Rankings (after Paris – ATP Masters 1000) qualify for the WTF.
- The Singles Race Rankings consider the results of each player in the current year, and are calculated according to the TT ranking rules.

6.1.1.2 Qualified players - doubles
- The Top 16 doubles players in the Doubles Race Rankings (after Paris – ATP Masters 1000) qualify for the WTF.
- The Doubles Race Rankings consider the individual results of each player in the current year, and are calculated according to the TT ranking rules. The doubles race is not a team ranking.
- Forming teams: After confirming their participation in the WTF, the top 16 players in the doubles race will then form 8 teams.

6.1.1.3 Breaking ties
- Ties are broken by the total of points gathered in Grand Slams.

6.1.1.4 Grand Slam winners
- Grand Slam winners do not automatically qualify for the WTF.

6.1.1.5 WTF & Challenger Tour Finals
- Players are not allowed to play both Challenger Tour Finals & World Tour Finals, even if they are played in different weeks.
6.1.2 Alternates

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6.1.2.1 Singles
- Any players can enter the event as alternates, and will be ordered according to the rankings.

6.1.2.2 Doubles
- In doubles, alternates must form a team to be able to replace another team in the draw, just like all the other events.
- Any players can enter the event as alternates, and will be ordered according to the rankings.

6.1.2.3 Alternates & Challengers
- Alternates are not allowed to play challengers in the week the WTF is played.

6.1.2.4 Replacements in WTF
- A player (or team - if one of its players fail to send picks) who fails to send picks for the first round of the tournament will be permanently replaced by alternates.
- No replacements will happen after the first round.
6.1.3 Draw & Match Schedule

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6.1.3.1 Groups
- The players will be divided into two groups of four players each, as follows:
a) Tops seeds: The top seeded player will be placed in Group ‘A’ and the second seeded player in Group ‘B’.
b) Remaining players: Players seeded #3 & #4, #5 & #6 and #7 & #8 will then be drawn in pairs.

6.1.3.2 Group stage
- Each player will play every other player in the same group.
- Second round schedule: For the second round robin match (tie) the winners of the first match (tie) in their group must be placed against each other.

6.1.3.3 Tie-breaker
- The winner and the runner-up of each group will be determined by the following tie-breaker:
a) Greatest number of wins.
b) If only two (2) players are tied: Head-to-head results.
c) If three (3) players are tied, then:
i. Number of correct picks.
ii. If (i) produces one (1) superior player (first place), or one (1) inferior player (third place), and the two (2) remaining players are tied, the tie between those two (2) players shall be broken by head-to-head record.
iii. Number of correct SRs.
iv. If (iii) produces one (1) superior player (first place), or one (1) inferior player (third place), and the two (2) remaining players are tied, the tie between those two (2) players shall be broken by head-to-head record.

6.1.3.4 Final stage
- The winner of each group will then play the runner-up of the other group in the semifinals.
6.1.4 Tournament Schedule

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- RR match 1 (Seeds #1/#2 vs Seeds #7/#8 & Seeds #3/#4 vs Seeds #5/#6): ATP matches 1, 2 & 3.
- RR match 2 (Winners from the RR match 1 play each other & Losers from the RR match 1 play each other): ATP matches 4, 5 & 6.
- RR match 3 (Remaining matches in each group): ATP matches 7, 8 & 9.
- Semifinals: ATP Matches 10, 11 & 12.
- Final: ATP SF & F.
6.1.5 TT TB rules

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- All matches are PTS in every round.
- The other TB rules remain the same.
6.2 Challenger Tour Finals

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6.2.1 Entries

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6.2.1.1 Qualified players - singles
- The Top 8 singles players in the Singles Challenger Race Rankings (from two weeks before the start of the tournament) qualify for the Challenger Tour Finals..
- The Singles Challenger Race Rankings include the best 10 challenger results of each player in the current year.

6.2.1.2 Qualified players - doubles
- The Top 16 doubles players in the Doubles Challenger Race Rankings (from two weeks before the start of the tournament) qualify for the Challenger Tour FInals.
- The Doubles Challenger Race Rankings include the best 10 challenger results of each player in the current year. The challenger race is not a team ranking.
- Forming teams: After confirming their participation in the Challenger Tour Finals, the top 16 players in the doubles challenger race will then form 8 teams.

6.2.1.3 WTF & Challenger Tour Finals
- Players are not allowed to play both Challenger Tour Finals & World Tour Finals, even if they are played in different weeks.
6.2.2 Alternates

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6.2.2.1 Singles
- Any players can enter the event as alternates, and will be ordered according to the rankings.

6.2.2.2 Doubles
- In doubles, alternates must form a team to be able to replace another team in the draw, just like all the other events.
- Any players can enter the event as alternates, and will be ordered according to the rankings.

6.2.2.3 Alternates & Challengers
- Alternates are not allowed to play challengers in the week the Challenger Tour Finals are played.

6.2.2.4 Replacements in the Challenger Tour Finals
- A player (or team - if one of its players fail to send picks) who fails to send picks for the first round of the tournament will be permanently replaced by alternates.
- No replacements will happen after the first round.
6.2.3 Draw & Match Schedule

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6.1.3.1 Groups
- The players will be divided into two groups of four players each, as follows:
a) Tops seeds: The top seeded player will be placed in Group ‘A’ and the second seeded player in Group ‘B’.
b) Remaining players: Players seeded #3 & #4, #5 & #6 and #7 & #8 will then be drawn in pairs.

6.2.3.2 Group stage
- Each player will play every other player in the same group.
- Second round schedule: For the second round robin match (tie) the winners of the first match (tie) in their group must be placed against each other.

6.2.3.3 Tie-breaker
- The winner and the runner-up of each group will be determined by the following tie-breaker:
a) Greatest number of wins.
b) If only two (2) players are tied: Head-to-head results.
c) If three (3) players are tied, then:
i. Number of correct picks.
ii. If (i) produces one (1) superior player (first place), or one (1) inferior player (third place), and the two (2) remaining players are tied, the tie between those two (2) players shall be broken by head-to-head record.
iii. Number of correct SRs.
iv. If (iii) produces one (1) superior player (first place), or one (1) inferior player (third place), and the two (2) remaining players are tied, the tie between those two (2) players shall be broken by head-to-head record.

6.2.3.4 Final stage
- The winner of each group will then play the runner-up of the other group in the semifinals.
6.2.4 Tournament Schedule

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- RR match 1 (Seeds #1/#2 vs Seeds #7/#8 & Seeds #3/#4 vs Seeds #5/#6): ATP matches 1, 2 & 3.
- RR match 2 (Winners from the RR match 1 play each other & Losers from the RR match 1 play each other): ATP matches 4, 5 & 6.
- RR match 3 (Remaining matches in each group): ATP matches 7, 8 & 9.
- Semifinals: ATP Matches 10, 11 & 12.
- Final: ATP SF & F.
6.2.5 TT TB rules

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- All matches are PTS in every round.
- The other TB rules remain the same.
6.3 Davis Cup

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6.3.1 Nationalities

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6.3.1.1 TT Nationality

- Players' nationality are listed in the Singles Entry Rankings and can't be changed during the ongoing season.
- Newcomers: Players in their first year of TT can decide which country to defend until the end of the ongoing season. When the season ends, the country listed in the Singles Entry Rankings will be taken as the player's definitive nationality.

6.3.1.2 Nationality changes
- Nationality changes can only be done during the off-season (until the first tournament of the season begins).

6.3.1.3 Changes restriction
- After a nationality switch, players are not allowed to change nations for 2 years.
6.3.2 Entries - players

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6.3.2.1 Team captain
- Each nation will be led by a team captain.
- The players (minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 players) are selected by the team captains, according to their own criteria.

6.3.2.2 Determining the team captain
- The choice of the captains is based on the previous* year’s singles ranking. The best ranked player of each country will lead their nation in TT DC throughout the whole year.
*Nationality changes & team captains: a player who decides to change their nationality during the off-season will not be eligible to be the team captain unless all the other players from the nation decline the captaincy of the team.

6.3.2.3 Davis Cup & Challengers
- The nominated players are not allowed to play challengers during the Davis Cup weeks.
6.3.3 Entries – nations

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6.3.3.1 World Group I (WG I)
- 16 nations participate in the World Group I: The 8 nations which won their first round tie in the previous year's World Group I and the 8 winners of the World Group I Play-off ties.
- WG I first round & alternates: a team which does not confirm its WG I participation in the beginning of the season will be replaced by the highest ranked team (latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking) which confirms participation in WG II.

6.3.3.2 World Group II (WG II)
- From 9 to 32 nations (which are not in WG I) participate in the World Group II.

6.3.3.3 Forming teams
- Nations must confirm their participation in the beginning of each season.
- A nation must have at least two players to be able to participate.
6.3.4 Competition draw

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6.3.4.1 World Group I
a) Seeds
- 16 nations participate.
- 8 nations are seeded (latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking):
o Seeds 1 & 2 are the finalists of the previous year’s competition.
o Seeds 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 should be ordered in accordance with the most recent Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
b) WG I Draw
o Seeds 1 and 2 should be placed in positions 1 and 16 respectively.
o Seeds 3 and 4 should be drawn first into position 5 and then position 12.
o Seeds 5 and 6 should be drawn first into position 7 and then position 10.
o Seeds 7 and 8 should be drawn first into position 3 and then position 14.
o Unseeded teams should be drawn into the remaining positions.
c) WG I Schedule
- Four rounds are played:
o R16 in February (or March): ITF's WG R16.
o QF in April (or July): ITF's WG QF & ZI final round.
o SF in September: ITF's WG SF & Play-offs.
o F in November.: ITF's WG F.
d) WG I Qualification
- R16 winners qualify for World Group in the following year.
- R16 losers compete in World Group Play-off ties with World Group II qualifiers.

6.3.4.2 World Group II:
a) Seeds
- From 9 to 32 nations participate.
- 8 nations are seeded (latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking).
- Seeded nations must not play against each other and will be awarded byes if less than 16 nations participate.
b) WG II Schedule
- From one to two rounds (if there are more than 16 participants) are played:
o First round (and any decided Second round matchups) in February (or March): ITF's WG R16.
o Second round (if necessary) in April (or July): ITF's WG QF & ZI final round.
c) WG Play-offs Qualification
- 8 nations are promoted to the World Group Play-offs

- World Group Play-off:
a) Seeds
- 16 nations participate.
- 8 nations are seeded (latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking).
- The 8 seeded nations are drawn against the 8 remaining nations.
b) WG Play-offs Schedule
- A single round is played in September: ITF's WG SF & Play-offs.
c) WG Qualification
- The 8 winning nations are promoted to the World Group I.
- The 8 losing nations are demoted to the World Group II.
6.3.5 The TT Davis Cup Tie

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6.3.5.1 Team nominations & lineups
- Team nominations: Prior to each tie, the captain must nominate from 2 to 4 players to form the team.
- Team lineup: the captain must select the players who will play the Friday's singles rubbers, the Saturday's doubles rubber and the Sunday's reverse singles rubbers.

6.3.5.2 The tie
- The TT Davis Cup ties are played on three days:
a) Day 1 (Friday): two singles match.
b) Day 2 (Saturday): one doubles match.
c) Day 3: two singles matches.

6.3.5.3 The draw
a) Friday's rubbers
- The Number One ranked player of each team shall play against the Number Two ranked player of the opposing team on the first day.
- After the Draw has been made, no variation may be made in the composition of the singles team for the first and second singles matches.
b) Doubles rubber
- A Captain may vary the composition of the doubles team until at the scheduled start of play for the doubles match.
c) Reverse singles: The Number One ranked players nominated to play on Friday shall play the third singles match. The Number Two ranked players shall play the fourth singles match.
- A Captain may change the nomination of the singles players for the third and fourth singles matches until the scheduled start of play. Any substitute nominated for the third or fourth singles match must be selected from among the players nominated for the tie and who has not competed in the first or second singles matches.
6.3.6 Davis Cup Nations Ranking

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- The TT Davis Cup Nations Ranking is used for seeding at all levels of the Davis Cup competition, except for seeds one and two in the World Group, who shall be the finalists of the previous year’s competition.
- The TT Davis Cup Nations Ranking is based on the results of each nation in the last 4 years.
- After each round the ranking period adjusts and any results outside the adjusted four year period drop off. At the same time points from the same round for the three previous years are reduced.
- Nations that defeat a higher-ranked nation receive bonus points according to their opponent's ranking.
- Points table:


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