It means Special Exempt.It means Special Entrant... normally for someone say who done well in the previous week at a big tournament, but isnt high enough to get into the tournament, but the organisers feel he deserves to be... there is normally 4 wild card spots and then 2 SE spots... but the SE spots are not always (or normally) used... can also be used for high profile players going into an event they originally werent intending to be in aswell.
No, Special Entries are only used for some tournaments. You can only get a SE if you are in the semis or the final of the tournament the week before and that tournament is the same tier or higher than the one the following week (and you are obviously not ranked high enough to get into the following tournament yourself)It means Special Entrant... normally for someone say who done well in the previous week at a big tournament, but isnt high enough to get into the tournament, but the organisers feel he deserves to be... there is normally 4 wild card spots and then 2 SE spots... but the SE spots are not always (or normally) used... can also be used for high profile players going into an event they originally werent intending to be in aswell.
They didn't even have to be planning to play qualifying.Wrong.
SE means that somebody who was planned on playing in the qualifying draw for a tournament, couldnt be there due to getting to the quarters/semis/finals of an ATP event the week before.
That system works for Challegners and Futures too.
Again, not entirely true, at least not on the Challenger Tour. There, you can also get an SE into a higher event in the next week (e.g. Cipolla won Trani, then got an SE into San Marino, which is way bigger).No, Special Entries are only used for some tournaments. You can only get a SE if you are in the semis or the final of the tournament the week before and that tournament is the same tier or higher than the one the following week (and you are obviously not ranked high enough to get into the following tournament yourself...but you are on the alt/quali list for it)
So for example, if a low-ranked player is in Sopot or Washington semis or final, they cannot get an SE for Montreal because Sopot/Washington are lower tiered than Montreal.
If someone were playing a masters event/gold series semi or final and couldn't get into a masters/gold series/international series event the following week because of their low ranking, they could get an SE because the tournament they are still in is of higher or equal tiering.
Hope that makes sense.
yes, i think on the challengers the tiers don't make a difference....but on the main tour they do, as far as I knowAgain, not entirely true, at least not on the Challenger Tour. There, you can also get an SE into a higher event in the next week (e.g. Cipolla won Trani, then got an SE into San Marino, which is way bigger).
BTW SEs also really depend on geographic location. So you cannot get an SE into an event in Asia when you just did well in an event in Portugal.
6.11 SPECIAL EXEMPTS (SE)
Players may receive a Special Exempt into the main draw of the following week's
Tournament if they meet the criteria.
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. on Friday (the Qualifying competition sign-in
deadline) is eligible to receive a Special Exempt only if he wins that match.
A qualified Event for special exempt to a ATP Masters Series Tournament is the singles
event of another ATP Masters Series or International Series Gold Tournament.
A Qualified Event for Special Exempt to an ATP International Series Gold
Tournament is the singles event of another International Series Gold or ATP
Masters Series Tournament.
A Qualified Event for Special Exempt to an ATP International Series Tournament is
the singles event of any International Series or ATP Masters Series Tournament.
A Qualified Event for Special Exempt to a Challenger Series Tournament is the singles
event of an ATP or Challenger Series Tournament within the same geographic
region, unless there are no Challengers in the same region the following week.
If there are no Challengers in the same region the following week, then a qualified
event would include all Challenger Series Events scheduled in the following week,
regardless of region. (Definition of Regions can be found in Exhibit X).
A player who has entered and been accepted into the qualifying
draw of an International Series Gold or AMS tournament and has been withdrawn
because he is still competing, will be added to the last position on the Special
Exempt list of a Challenger Series tournament scheduled for the next week, even
though he would have been a direct acceptance, had he entered the Challenger.
B. Number of Special Exempts
ATP Masters Series and International Series Gold Tournaments shall have one (1) Special
Exempt and International Series and Challenger Series Tournaments shall have two (2).
C. Selection of Special Exempt
1) If there are not sufficient Special Exempt places in the draw for applicants, the players
shall be selected according to their position on the most recent ATP Ranking (Singles)
List issued prior to the Tournament or by their Protected Ranking, as long as their
Protected Ranking would not have qualified them as a direct acceptance had they
entered. If their Protected Ranking would have placed them in the main draw had
they entered, then the Protected Ranking cannot be used to determine a player's
position on the Special Exempt list.
If the Special Exempt places are not needed before the beginning of the qualifying
competition, the Special Exempt places shall be filled by additional Direct
Acceptances selected from the original Acceptance List. Thus a player may be pulled
out of the qualifying before the first ball is hit and replaced by an alternate list player.
D. Special Exempt Process
1) A list of possible eligible players is compiled by the Player Services Department by
Wednesday/Thursday of the current week for the next week's tournaments.
The list of eligible players is supplied to the Supervisors where the players are competing.
The Supervisors need to contact each player to inquire if the player is inter-ested in the Special Exempt position and then contact Player Relations immediately
following the player's decision to remove himself from consideration for any tournament
for which he is eligible.3)If the player is interested in an event, Player Relations coordinates with the
Supervisors at both events until the SE positions are filled.
4)If the main draw is to be made before a potential Special Exempt player plays on
Friday, then such place(s) shall be drawn in the same manner as qualifier, i.e., four
qualifiers ("Q") and one or two "SE" depending on whether there are one or two possibilities.
Each of the five or six slots are marked "Q/SE." As soon as the "SE" match
results are known, either the "SE" or the next Direct Acceptance (if the SE lost) is randomly
drawn and inserted into the draw.
5)If a player does not finish his Friday match by the nine (9) p.m. deadline at the qualifying
site and subsequently loses his match, then he is not eligible to be signed in for
qualifying or for a Special Exempt; however, he may receive a Wild Card from the
Tournament if it is known before the qualifying draw that he has lost and that no special
scheduling shall be required.
6)A player who does not appear after accepting a Special Exempt shall be treated as an
entered player and shall receive appropriate penalties.