New ATP Rules in 2017: Will mid-match retirements in the first rounds disappear?


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New ATP Rules in 2017: Will mid-match retirements in the first rounds disappear?

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.

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