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I have read somewhere may be in wiki that top ranked players must play every Masters 1000 tournaments. Means they are mandatory for top players.

My question is: Suppose top ranked player does not play one or two masters 1000 series then, are there any penalties for him?

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Looks like 8 of the 9 ATP Masters 1000 level tournaments are required, the 1 that is not is the Monte-Carlo Masters tournament. "the number of tournaments has not been reduced from nine to eight and the Monte Carlo Masters will remain part of the series although, unlike the other events, it will not have a mandatory player commitment",(same source). This thread on a tennis forum discusses exemptions from the tournaments based on certain qualifications of age, etc. –  Nicholas V. Oct 16 '13 at 13:02
    
Thanks Nicholas –  Dushyant Joshi Oct 17 '13 at 5:54

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Any player that is in the Top 30 in the ATP Rankings from the previous year is considered a Commitment Player for the current year.

From the 2013 ATP Official Rulebook, I. ATP Circuit Regulations, 1.07 C:

Commitment Player
A 2013 ATP commitment player is any player positioned in the Top 30 in the ATP 2012 Rankings (singles) as of November 5, 2012.

The commitment for a commitment player is described in section D. Essentially, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is required, if accepted; 8 of the 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments are required (all except Monte Carlo), and 4 of the ATP World Tour 500 tournaments are required.

1.07 D:

Commitment
The commitment for the commitment player is, the singles event of all ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments for which he is accepted, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (if qualified as a direct acceptance or designated as the alternate) and four (4) ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, one (1) of which must be held following the US Open. For commitment and ranking purposes, the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 will be included in the minimum requirements for the 500 category. 2013 Davis Cup points may be counted as one (1) of the best of six (6) in the Emirates ATP Rankings, how-ever, it shall not count towards the commitment requirement of a commitment player. See page 184 “Ranking Penalty.”

A player can get the number of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 commitment tournaments reduced by meeting certain milestones, based on longevity in the league.

1.08:

1.08 Reduction of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Commitment
A. A player’s number of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 commitment tournaments shall be reduced by one (1) tournament for reaching each of the following milestones:
1) 600 matches (as of 1 January of the commitment year);
2) 12 years of service;
3) 31 years of age (as of 1 January of the commitment year).
If all three (3) conditions are met then the player has a complete exemption from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 player commitment.

B. A player who is eligible for a reduction of his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 commitment tournaments must be in good standing with the ATP in order to receive a reduction of required ATP World Tour Masters 1000 commitment tournaments.

If a player skips the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals without a valid excuse, they are no longer considered in good standing.

1.09 A:

1.09 Unsatisfied Player Commitment Penalties
A. Failure To Participate in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
1)If a player qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as a direct acceptance or designated as the alternate, fails or refuses to participate in this event, except for bona fide injury or other reason which constitutes good cause, the player shall not be in good standing.

This section of the rule book does not specify a penalty for skipping other commitment tournaments. The Rankings section of the rulebook reveals the penalty. If the other commitment tournaments are skipped, they are counted against the player for ranking purposes.

IX. Emirates ATP Rankings, 9.03 Emirates ATP Rankings:

A. Commitment Players.
The year-end Emirates ATP Rankings is based on calculating, for each player, his total points from the four (4) Grand Slams, the eight (8) mandatory ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals of the ranking period, and his best six (6) results from all ATP World Tour 500, ATP World Tour 250, ATP Challenger Tour and Futures tournaments. For every Grand Slam or mandatory ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for which a player is not in the main draw, and was not (and, in the case of a Grand Slam, would not have been, had he and all other players entered) a main draw direct acceptance on the original acceptance list, and never became a main draw direct acceptance, the number of his results from all other eligible tournaments in the ranking period, that count for his ranking, is increased by one (1). In weeks where there are not four (4) Grand Slams and eight (8) ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in the ranking period, the number of a player’s best results from all eligible tournaments in the ranking period will be adjusted accordingly. Once a player is accepted in the main draw of one of these twelve (12) tournaments, as a direct acceptance, a qualifier, a special exempt or a lucky loser, or having accepted a wild card, his result in this tournament shall count for his ranking, whether or not he participates.

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Perfect. Got to know something –  Dushyant Joshi Oct 17 '13 at 5:56

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