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6. Other events

6.1 World Tour Finals (WTF)

6.1.1 Entries - singles

- The Top 8 singles players in the Singles Race Rankings (after Paris – ATP Masters 1000) qualify for the WTF.
- Ties are broken by the total of points gathered in Grand Slams.
- The Singles Race Rankings consider the results of each player in the current year, and are calculated according to the TT ranking rules.
- Grand Slam winners do not automatically qualify for the WTF.
- Players are not allowed to play both Challenger Tour Finals & World Tour Finals, even if they are played in different weeks.

6.1.2 Entries – doubles


- The Top 16 doubles players in the Doubles Race Rankings (after Paris – ATP Masters 1000) qualify for the WTF.
- Ties are broken by the total of points gathered in Grand Slams.
- 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.
- After confirming their participation in the WTF, the top 16 players in the doubles race will then form 8 teams.
- Grand Slam winners do not automatically qualify for the WTF.
- Players are not allowed to play both Challenger Tour Finals & World Tour Finals, even if they are played in different weeks.

6.1.3 Alternates


- Any players can enter the event as alternates, and will be ordered according to the rankings.
- Alternates are not allowed to play challengers in the week the WTF is played.
- In doubles, alternates must form a team to be able to replace another team in the draw, just like all the other events.
- Players who fail to send picks for the first round of the tournament will be permanently replaced by alternates. No replacements will happen after the first round.

6.1.4 Draw


- The players will be divided into two groups of four players each. The top seeded player will be placed in Group ‘A’ and the second seeded player in Group ‘B’. Players seeded #3 & #4, #5 & #6 and #7 & #8 will then be drawn in pairs.
- Each player will play every other player in the same group. For the second round robin match (tie) the winners of the first match (tie) in their group must be placed against each other.
- The winner of each group will then play the runner-up of the other group in the semifinals.
- The winner and the runner-up of each group will be determined by the following tie-breaker:
a. Greatest number of wins.
b. Head-to-head results if only two (2) players are tied.
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.

6.1.5 Tournament Schedule


- 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.

6.1.6 TT TB rules


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

6.2 Challenger Tour Finals

6.2.1 Entries - singles

- The Top 8 singles players in the Challenger Race Rankings (from two weeks before the start of the tournament) qualify for the Challenger Tour Finals.
- The Challenger Race Rankings include the best 10 challenger results of each player in the current year.
- Players are not allowed to play both Challenger Tour Finals & World Tour Finals, even if they are played in different weeks.

6.2.2 Entries – doubles


- The Top 16 doubles players in the Challenger Race Rankings (from two weeks before the start of the tournament) qualify for the Challenger Tour FInals.
- The Challenger Race Rankings include the best 10 challenger results of each player in the current year. The challenger race is not a team ranking.
- After confirming their participation in the Challenger Tour Finals, the top 16 players in the challenger race will then form 8 teams.
- Players are not allowed to play both Challenger Tour Finals & World Tour Finals, even if they are played in different weeks.

6.2.3 Alternates


- Any players can enter the event as alternates, and will be ordered according to the rankings.
- Alternates are not allowed to play challengers in the week the Challenger Tour Finals are played.
- In doubles, alternates must form a team to be able to replace another team in the draw, just like all the other events.
- Players who fail to send picks for the first round of the tournament will be permanently replaced by alternates. No replacements will happen after the first round.

6.2.4 Draw


- The players will be divided into two groups of four players each. The top seeded player will be placed in Group ‘A’ and the second seeded player in Group ‘B’. Players seeded #3 & #4, #5 & #6 and #7 & #8 will then be drawn in pairs.
- Each player will play every other player in the same group. For the second round robin match (tie) the winners of the first match (tie) in their group must be placed against each other.
- The winner of each group will then play the runner-up of the other group in the semifinals.
- The winner and the runner-up of each group will be determined by the following tie-breaker:
a. Greatest number of wins.
b. Head-to-head results if only two (2) players are tied.
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.

6.2.5 Tournament Schedule


- 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.

6.2.6 TT TB rules


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

6.3 Davis Cup

6.3.1 Nationalities

- Nationality changes can only be done during the off-season (until the first tournament of the season begins).
- After a nationality switch, players aren’t allowed to change nations for 2 years.


6.3.2 Entries - players


- Each nation will be led by a 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.
- The players (minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 players) are selected by the team captains, according to their own criteria.
- The nominated players are not allowed to play challengers during the Davis Cup weeks.
- Ranking points (introduced in 2014): check the ranking rules.

6.3.3 Entries – nations


- 16 nations participate in the World Group I: the 8 nations who won their first round tie in the previous World Group I and the eight winners of the World Group I Play-off ties.
- From 9 to 32 nations (which are not in WG I) participate in the World Group II.
- 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


- World Group I:
· 16 nations participate.
· 8 nations are seeded.
· Seeds 1 & 2 are the finalists of the previous year’s competition.
· Seeds 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 should be ordered in accordance with the most recent Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
· Seeds 1 and 2 should be placed in positions 1 and 16 respectively. Seeds 3 and 4 should be drawn first into position 5 and then position 12. Seeds 5 and 6 should be drawn first into position 7 and then position 10. Seeds 7 and 8 should be drawn first into position 3 and then position 14.
· Four rounds are played: R16 in February, QF in April, SF in September & F in November.
- World Group II:
· From 9 to 32 nations participate.
· 8 nations are seeded, according to the most recent Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
· From one to two rounds are played (two rounds if there are more than 16 participants): First round in February & Second round (if necessary) in April.
· 8 nations are promoted to the World Group Play-offs
- World Group Play-off:
· 16 nations participate: the losing nations from the first round of the World Group I and the nations promoted from the World Group II.
· 8 nations are seeded, according to the most recent Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
· One round is played in September.
· 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 Tie draw


- The Number One ranked player of each team shall play against the Number Two ranked player of the opposing team on the first day, and the order of play shall be decided by lot. The Number One ranked player of each team shall play the third singles match. The Number Two ranked players shall play the fourth singles match.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Captain may vary the composition of the doubles team until at the scheduled start of play for the doubles match.

6.3.6 Davis Cup Nations Ranking


- 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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