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IX. ATP RANKINGS ® 9.01 Defi nitions


A. The 2012 ATP Doubles Team Rankings is the mathematical method of ranking men’s doubles pairs on a calendar-year basis.


B. The South African Airways ATP Rankings (singles) and the ATP Doubles Rankings are the objective merit-based method used for determining qualifi cation for entry and seeding in all tournaments for both singles and doubles, except as modifi ed for the ATP World Tour Team Championship and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (singles or doubles).


C. The South African Airways ATP Rankings (singles) and ATP Doubles Rankings are run approximately 45 times per year.


D. Every player who has earned South African Airways ATP Rankings (singles) or ATP Doubles Rankings points in an eligible professional tournament during the entry rank- ing period is included in the South African Airways ATP Rankings (singles) or ATP Doubles Rankings.


E. The South African Airways ATP Rankings (singles) or ATP Doubles Rankings period is the immediate past 52 weeks, except for:


* Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, singles and doubles, which is dropped on the Monday following the last ATP World Tour event of the following year.


* Futures Series tournaments that are only entered into the system on the second Monday following the tournament’s week.


Once entered, all tournaments, except for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, remain in the system for 52 consecutive weeks.


9.02 Eligibility


Unless otherwise approved by the ATP, South African Airways ATP Rankings (sin- gles) and ATP Doubles Rankings points are awarded to all tournaments or series of tournaments that meet the following criteria. (An event seeking an exception must petition the ATP in writing at least 90 days in advance of the tournament.):


A. Prize money must be a minimum of $35,000 plus hospitality, except for Futures, which shall be a minimum of $10,000 per event. Futures tournaments must be sched- uled in a minimum of three (3) consecutive weeks of $10,000 each or two (2) con- secutive weeks of $15,000 each in prize money.


B. Prize money must be paid in a manner consistent with the breakdowns approved by the ATP.


C. Selection of direct acceptances shall be determined according to the South African Airways ATP Rankings (singles and/or ATP Doubles Rankings). The South African Airways ATP Rankings (singles) and ATP Doubles Rankings lists utilized shall not be more than 42 days prior to the start of the tournament.


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