With regards to Tokyo: 3 wildcards allocated. Andy was 13th alternate and would have got in because of the large number of withdrawls.
But he chose to play Mons instead.
Some weeks you get lucky, some weeks you don't.
They only tend to allow a player to compete in a different tournament if the ATP or the tournament have made the error. For instance if the player appears in 2 direct entry lists.
So Andy is restricted to Mons, Sacremento and Kolding.
Highly unlikely to make it into qualifying for the Madrid Masters because he was 111 in the ranking and it is only a 48 player main draw so the cut off point for qualifying will be too high.
But the entry list for Madrid qualifying is not based on next week's entry rankings.
From SteveG tennis forums:
Madrid Qualifying 1 Acasuso, Jose ARG 58 2 Blake, James USA 34 3 Calleri, Agustin ARG 60 4 Carlsen, Kenneth DEN 59 5 Chela, Juan Ignacio ARG 50 6 Clement, Arnaud FRA 67 7 Malisse, Xavier BEL 43 8 Martin, Alberto ESP 61 9 Massu, Nicolas CHI 47 10 Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA 53 11 Minar, Ivo CZE 70 12 Montanes, Albert ESP 69 13 Muller, Gilles LUX 66 14 Rochus, Christophe BEL 55 15 Serra, Florent FRA 54 16 Soderling, Robin SWE 41 17 Spadea, Vincent USA 56 18 Verdasco, Fernando ESP 38 19 Wawrinka, Stanislas SUI 62 20 Zib, Tomas CZE 63 Alternates 1. Vik, Robin CZE 71 2. Hernych, Jan CZE 72 3. Hernandez, Oscar ESP 73 4. Sabau, Razvan ROM 74 5. Monaco, Juan ARG 75 6. Seppi, Andreas ITA 76 7. Lapentti, Nicolas ECU 80 8. Djokovic, Novak SCG 81 9. Karlovic, Ivo CRO 82 10. Santoro, Fabrice FRA 83 11. Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 86 12. Dlouhy, Lukas CZE 87 13. Mello, Ricardo BRA 88 14. Bracciali, Daniele ITA 92 15. Bjorkman, Jonas SWE 93
Website editor wrote:Qualifying isn't based on entries. You don't have to enter for it. The qualifying draw is made up of the players who come along and sign in on Friday night. Therefore Andy should get in if he wants to.
It's easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
For an average ATP event you are correct, but not for a Masters tournament.
Similarly there is an entry list for qualifying for Grand Slam events based on rankings some weeks beforehand.
SteveG has all the direct entry lists and they come from the official internal system for the players.
Here is the page:
The page for the Madrid Masters gives the direct entry list for qualifying.
No it is the list for qualifying
Here is the list for alternates (again from SteveG)
Alternates 1. Melzer, Jurgen AUT 2. Soderling, Robin SUE 3. Monfis, Gael FRA 4. Acasuso, Jose ARG 5. Mathieu, Paul Henry FRA 6. Ginepri, Robby USA 7. Spadea, Vicent USA 8. Verdasco, Fernando ESP 9. Blake, James USA 10. Chela, Juan Ignacio ARG
Andy doesn't appear to understand the rules. That or they don't apply to him. He can't play Madrid because he is in the direct entry list for a Challenger that week.
Andy is not the first player to have messed up his schedule by failing to understand the rules or forgetting he was already on the direct entry list elsewhere.
Basically its Mons, Sacramento, Kolding or having a rest for one or more of those weeks.
I'm not aware of them ever letting a player change their schedule just because they fancy a change. Of course, if you are on the alternates list rather than the direct entry list you are free to accept wildcards, change your plans, enter qualifying etc
Sorry about that.
We seemed to be writing our posts at the same time. Gets very confusing.