Re: Paris Entry List/Fact Sheet (updated October 26, 2016)
Thanks. Quite complicated...No, thats not the rule - although I agree that regulation 7.10.A.1 is somewhat misleading:
As I read it, and I am sure others do to, is that to be eligible for SE, 2 criteria need to have been met:
1) Accepted into the tournaments qualifying draw and;
2) Playing in another tournament on the day qualifying begins.
Now, because a player doesnt appear on the qualifying Advanced Entry Acceptance List, doesnt mean he isnt in the qualifying draw! Other ways into the qualifying draw are as a Wild Card or Alternate. So, it could be argued that the tournament considered giving a player a WC - that would make him eligible to be an SE.
Essentially the rule is:
"A player is eligible to receive a special exempt into the singles main draw of the following week’s tournament, subject to the provisions of this section, if he is unable to compete in that qualifying competition because he is still competing on the date the qualifying competition begins in another qualified event, and his current ranking as of the date of the entry deadline would not have otherwise qualified him as a direct acceptance on the original acceptance list if he had entered. In addition, a player who is still playing a match at 9 p.m. local time at the qualifying site, is eligible to receive a special exempt only if he wins that match."
There is precedence for this. The following examples are players who accepted SE without signing up that that events qualifying:
Olivo - Umag
Opelka - Los Cabos