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I have finalized the list of players that are eligible for ranking penalty exemptions for not participating in ATP Masters this year if they are in the original main draw entry list.

3 EXEMPTS ALLOWED
2 EXEMPTS ALLOWED
1 EXEMPT ALLOWED

Note that starting from 2017, players will not be allowed to skip tournaments they have previously skipped by any means the past year. Here are the withdrawals noted in 2016 - players can't use exempts at the same tournament in 2017:

Withdrawals from Mandatory ATP Masters 1000 events in 2016:
Code:
Pablo Andujar|A596|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Kevin Anderson|A678|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Marcos Baghdatis|B837|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Simone Bolelli|BA98|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Ricardas Berankis|BE90|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Yuki Bhambri|BF55|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Marco Cecchinato|CF01|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Roger Federer|F324|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
David Ferrer|F401|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Fabio Fognini|F510|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Andreas Haider-Maurer|H804|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Jerzy Janowicz|J397|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Ivo Karlovic|K336|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Thanasi Kokkinakis|KD46|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Paolo Lorenzi|L503|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Yen-Hsun Lu|L575|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Paul-Henri Mathieu|M850|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Tommy Robredo|R419|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Dudi Sela|SC56|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Sergiy Stakhovsky|SC77|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Janko Tipsarevic|T742|ATP 1000 Indian Wells

Nicolas Almagro|A479|ATP 1000 Miami
Pablo Andujar|A596|ATP 1000 Miami
Kevin Anderson|A678|ATP 1000 Miami
Roger Federer|F324|ATP 1000 Miami
Fabio Fognini|F510|ATP 1000 Miami
Robin Haase|H756|ATP 1000 Miami
Andreas Haider-Maurer|H804|ATP 1000 Miami
Ivo Karlovic|K336|ATP 1000 Miami
Martin Klizan|K966|ATP 1000 Miami
Philipp Kohlschreiber|K435|ATP 1000 Miami
Paolo Lorenzi|L503|ATP 1000 Miami
Daniel Munoz de la Nava|M915|ATP 1000 Miami
Tommy Robredo|R419|ATP 1000 Miami
Janko Tipsarevic|T742|ATP 1000 Miami
Bernard Tomic|TA46|ATP 1000 Miami

Marin Cilic|C977|ATP 1000 Madrid
Roger Federer|F324|ATP 1000 Madrid
Tommy Haas|H355|ATP 1000 Madrid
John Isner|I186|ATP 1000 Madrid
Martin Klizan|K966|ATP 1000 Madrid
Andreas Seppi|SA93|ATP 1000 Madrid

Marcos Baghdatis|B837|ATP 1000 Rome
Marin Cilic|C977|ATP 1000 Rome
Juan Martin del Potro|D683|ATP 1000 Rome
Tommy Haas|H355|ATP 1000 Rome
John Isner|I186|ATP 1000 Rome
Martin Klizan|K966|ATP 1000 Rome
Gilles Simon|SD32|ATP 1000 Rome

Marcos Baghdatis|B837|ATP 1000 Toronto
Roberto Bautista Agut|BD06|ATP 1000 Toronto
Pablo Cuevas|C882|ATP 1000 Toronto
Roger Federer|F324|ATP 1000 Toronto
David Ferrer|F401|ATP 1000 Toronto
Richard Gasquet|G628|ATP 1000 Toronto
Philipp Kohlschreiber|K435|ATP 1000 Toronto
Feliciano Lopez|L397|ATP 1000 Toronto
Andy Murray|MC10|ATP 1000 Toronto
Rafael Nadal|N409ATP 1000 Toronto
Andreas Seppi|SA93|ATP 1000 Toronto
Gilles Simon|SD32|ATP 1000 Toronto
Janko Tipsarevic|T742|ATP 1000 Toronto
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga|T786|ATP 1000 Toronto

Novak Djokovic|D643|ATP 1000 Cincinnati
Roger Federer|F324|ATP 1000 Cincinnati
Philipp Kohlschreiber|K435|ATP 1000 Cincinnati
Andrey Kuznetsov|KB54|ATP 1000 Cincinnati
Gilles Muller|MA30|ATP 1000 Cincinnati
Jack Sock|SM25|ATP 1000 Cincinnati

Borna Coric|CG80|ATP 1000 Shanghai
Roger Federer|F324|ATP 1000 Shanghai
Nicolas Mahut|M873|ATP 1000 Shanghai
Gilles Muller|MA30|ATP 1000 Shanghai
Kei Nishikori|N552|ATP 1000 Shanghai
Dominic Thiem|TB69|ATP 1000 Shanghai

Roger Federer|F324|ATP 1000 Paris
Nick Kyrgios|KE17|ATP 1000 Paris
Gael Monfils|MC65|ATP 1000 Paris
Rafael Nadal|N409ATP 1000 Paris
Sam Querrey|Q927|ATP 1000 Paris
Bernard Tomic|TA46|ATP 1000 Paris
Alexander Zverev|Z355|ATP 1000 Paris
 

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Re: ATP Masters 1000 Player Exempts [2015]

Exempts are based on rule 1.08 from the rulebook:

A player’s number of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 commitment tournaments shall
be reduced by one (1) tournament for reaching each of the following milestones:
1) 600 matches* (as of 1 January of the commitment year);
2) 12 years of service;
3) 31 years of age (as of 1 January of the commitment year).
If all three (3) conditions are met then the player has a complete exemption
from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 player commitment.
The first Year of Service shall be the first calendar year in which a player has
competed in at least twelve (12) tournaments offering ATP ranking points.
* From 2010 only main draw singles matches played in the following events
will be used in the player’s match count for purposes of this rule.
ATP World Tour
Barclays ATP World Tour Final
Grand Slams
Davis Cup
Olympics
Challenger and Futures matches played prior to 2010 will remain on the player’s
record as relates to this commitment reduction rule.
and 9.03.B.NOTE:

*NOTE: A player who is eligible for a reduction of his ATP World Tour Masters 1000
commitment tournaments per Section 1.08 who withdraws prior to the withdrawal
deadline and uses his exemption may have the number of his results from all other
eligible tournaments in the ranking period, that count for his ranking, increased by
one (1) for each milestone reached with a maximum of three (3).
 

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Re: ATP Masters 1000 Player Exempts [2015]

Since there is no point making a new thread, gonna convert this one for 2016. The lists have been updated with the 2016 year start values. Biggest changes are that now Djokovic is allowed a second exempt and Wawrinka a third.

Also, there is a new rule this year, but which will be fully applied in 2017. And I quote:

1.08.C:

C. A player may not use his commitment reduction to withdraw from an event if he withdrew in any manner (including a late withdrawal or an on-site withdrawal) from the
same event the previous year.*
*This provision is in effect beginning with 2017 events relating to withdrawals from the same 2016 events.
So, the OP will contain all player withdrawals from Masters events in any form in order to keep track of the tournaments they won't be eligible for exemption in 2017.
 

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Re: ATP Masters 1000 Player Exempts [2016]

@Slasher1985 Interesting change. I guess it is done so players are forced to not abandon a Mandatory altogether for the rest of his career. I wonder though, with new exempts applied for this year, what happens if a player who has already used 2 VEMEs last year (I think Ferrer was the best example), then he uses 2 again this year before those exempted Mandatories come again during the year (say Ferrer skips IW and Miami, I think creating 4 exempts in total)? Are they still allowed to do that or are they only allowed 3 exempts on their ranking at a time?
 

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Re: ATP Masters 1000 Player Exempts [2016]

@zjtennis

The exempts reset at the start of the year, not during a 52 week period, just like the commitment (they apply to a season of Masters tournaments, not to a period of time). That is because the figures which allow the exempts are recalculated at January 1st (number of matches played, age of the player and service years).
 

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Re: ATP Masters 1000 Player Exempts [2016]

@Slasher1985 What I meant is that how would it affect the 52-week rankings? Ferrer currently from what I know has 2 exempted Masters, and now have 3 new for the year correct me if I'm wrong. If he chooses to skip Indian Wells and Miami, does the 52-week rankings also reflect those exemptions, making his 52-week rankings after Miami less than 4 Mandatories? Sure it doesn't matter that much for the year end but what about the current rankings?
 

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Re: ATP Masters 1000 Player Exempts [2016]

@Slasher1985 What I meant is that how would it affect the 52-week rankings? Ferrer currently from what I know has 2 exempted Masters, and now have 3 new for the year correct me if I'm wrong. If he chooses to skip Indian Wells and Miami, does the 52-week rankings also reflect those exemptions, making his 52-week rankings after Miami less than 4 Mandatories? Sure it doesn't matter that much for the year end but what about the current rankings?
Like I said, the fact that he was exempted twice in 2015 has no bearing over 2016 exemptions. And 2016 exemptions will have no bearing over 2017 exemptions, unless they are at the same exact tournament. A player could have 6 exemptions in a 52 week period without any problem, just like he could have 8 0-point penalties in ATP 500 tournaments without any problem.

Difference from penalties though is that exemptions are not reflected in the rankings in any way, because the tournament which is exempted is not shown at all. It's like the player didn't make the main draw entry list. No impact.
 

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Re: ATP Masters 1000 Player Exempts [2016]

Like I said, the fact that he was exempted twice in 2015 has no bearing over 2016 exemptions. And 2016 exemptions will have no bearing over 2017 exemptions, unless they are at the same exact tournament. A player could have 6 exemptions in a 52 week period without any problem, just like he could have 8 0-point penalties in ATP 500 tournaments without any problem.
Oh, so a player could potentially have 4 Slams + 14 Non-Mandatories (+ 1 WTF) maximum in a single rankings period? That seems a bit too much of a leeway, like say I could skip the last 3 Mandatories in 2016, then skip the first 3 Mandatories in 2017 and I don't get penalized. Wonder if they could change the rule in the future that the 52-week rankings could only reflect 3 exempts at a time. Sure it would look weird if the Race doesn't reflect the Rankings (I am assuming in this case the Race would still consider the exempt as counted, hence any non-Mandatory adjustments would reflect at the Race but not at the Rankings) but it seems a bit too much to have a potential 6 out of 8 Mandatory Masters be not counted at the rankings due to this rule.
 

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Re: ATP Masters 1000 Player Exempts [2016]

I really don't see a problem here. There are few players with 3 exemptions on a calendar year and they usually are players who have played many tennis matches during their career. If they choose to skip 6 mandies in 52 weeks, it only leaves room for the younger, more inexperienced guys to try their luck. The ATP has thought this through.

Remember that this is only ranking wise (3 maximum exemptions). Money wise (fines), players can skip all Masters if they qualify for 3 exemptions. They have a free pass. If Federer wanted to skip the whole Masters season, he could do it without paying any fine. It's clear that the ATP wanted to reduce pressure on the players to constantly play all the tournaments, something like before 2000, but with much better control on the rankings.
 

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Re: ATP Masters 1000 Player Exempts [2016]

Slasher thanks so much for those lists : they are hugely precious for me :D

As far as zjtennis' question is concerned and as far as ATP rankings are concerned, I personally think that considering 9.03B note, it's impossible to have more than 3 additional optional results added in the rankings breakdown through that rule.

Even if yes, by calendar effects, it may be possible to have more exemptions in 52 weeks than what a player is theoretically allowed (anyway, a player who respects all 3 rules is allowed an exemption of all mandatory Masters 1000tournaments, not just 3 ... but imo he's only allowed 3 additional optional results because of 9.03B note).
 

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Re: ATP Masters 1000 Player Exempts [2016]

The 2016 Indian Wells withdrawals are as follows:

Pablo Andujar|A596|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Kevin Anderson|A678|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Marcos Baghdatis|B837|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Simone Bolelli|BA98|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Ricardas Berankis|BE90|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Yuki Bhambri|BF55|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Marco Cecchinato|CF01|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Roger Federer|F324|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
David Ferrer|F401|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Fabio Fognini|F510|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Andreas Haider-Maurer|H804|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Jerzy Janowicz|J397|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Ivo Karlovic|K336|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Thanasi Kokkinakis|KD46|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Paolo Lorenzi|L503|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Yen-Hsun Lu|L575|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Paul-Henri Mathieu|M850|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Tommy Robredo|R419|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Dudi Sela|SC56|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Sergiy Stakhovsky|SC77|ATP 1000 Indian Wells
Janko Tipsarevic|T742|ATP 1000 Indian Wells

These players will not be allowed to use any exemption at IW 2017.
 

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Note that starting from 2017, players will not be allowed to skip tournaments they have previously skipped by any means the past year.
Oh ATP don't you have more important things to do than that...
Let the players play where they want and not where you want them to play. There might be a reason why some ATP 1000s are not as popular as others. Let's think about that and not about new rules.
 
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