The 2017 ATP Rulebook will have some changes. The most interesting one is of mid-match retirements in the first rounds that always created controversy. According to the new rule, next year, a player can retire on-site before a first-round match without losing the prize money the player would have earned by playing it.
The lucky loser replacing the player will earn the prize money reserved for defeat in the final round of qualifying plus the money earned depending on the luck loser's result in the main draw. This rule will be tested for the whole of 2017 season.
The only exception is when a player decides to retire in such fashion for the third time, or who retires for the second time in a row. The rule about special exemption has also been modified. In 2017, a player who reaches an ATP 250 semi-final or final can directly enter in the main draw of an ATP 500 event the following week and vice-versa.
Until 2016, this rule only extended to the tournaments of the same category. Finally, the third rule is about the doubles entry lists. Teams with players playing only doubles will have an advantage than a team, with a player having a combination of singles and doubles rankings.
Interesante cambio en el rulebook ATP para 2017: un jugador se puede bajar de R1 de un torneo on-site y cobra el prize money de esa ronda. — FueBuena (@FueBuena) 5 dicembre 2016
El Lucky Loser cobrará hasta donde llegue + prize money de última ronda de qualy - el prize money del que reemplazó.
A prueba por 1 año. — FueBuena (@FueBuena) 5 dicembre 2016
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Podrá hacerlo dos veces por año, no puede hacerlo en dos torneos consecutivos y no cuenta si está volviendo luego de un mes o más de parate.
— FueBuena (@FueBuena) 5 dicembre 2016