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What will Andy's ranking be at the end of 2015?
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The qualifying it just a technicality for him now.   I mean, his existing points will probably be comfortably above the eventual cut-off point.  Remember, the qualification threshold drops as the year progresses and the various hypothetical permeations that could allow the current top 8 to be over-taken don't happen.  Last year was unusually high, partly because it was so close between a few of them, and they were all fighting for extra points.
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good point Sparkle.  But it would still be nice for him to get over the line sooner rather than later, particularly after last year.
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Andy needs to win only 325 points before November to qualify for the WTF. The only better placed person is Novak Djokovic who has already qualified. I suppose you could include Stan, as although he is far behind Andy in Race points, he has won a slam title.
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Just looking at Andy's official website (first time in ages) and I see according to his schedule he will be playing only Shanghai out East and apart from that only Paris post USO.  I guess he might add some smaller tournaments nearer the time depending on how he's feeling and what's going on in the rankings.  Thank goodness he doesn't have to play himself into the ground to qualify this year (assuming no mishaps between now and then).
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Just looking at Andy's official website (first time in ages) and I see according to his schedule he will be playing only Shanghai out East and apart from that only Paris post USO.  I guess he might add some smaller tournaments nearer the time depending on how he's feeling and what's going on in the rankings.  Thank goodness he doesn't have to play himself into the ground to qualify this year (assuming no mishaps between now and then).

The ATP rules are that players have to play 1 ATP 500 tournament after the USO - if they don't they have to count a 0 pointer in their rankings points breakdown - so I'd be surprised if Andy doesn't play one of Beijing/Tokyo/Vienna/Basel. It means playing a 500 right before or right after Shanghai. There would be a week between Vienna and Paris followed by a week between Paris and the WTF. So time for rest and recovery, and return to Vienna to defend his title there.
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I think he'll return to Vienna.  He seemed to like the place, and it's been upgraded to a 500, so a good swap for Valencia, and the timing seems to work nicely too.   He might want to play something before Shanghai, but that could depend on how Davis Cup goes.  I think he'll be ready for a break after that.
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I think he'll return to Vienna.  He seemed to like the place, and it's been upgraded to a 500, so a good swap for Valencia, and the timing seems to work nicely too.   He might want to play something before Shanghai, but that could depend on how Davis Cup goes.  I think he'll be ready for a break after that.

That's what I thought as well. There are 3 weeks between the DC tie and the start of Shanghai, so Andy may well want to play Beijing or Tokyo so he doesn't go into Shanghai - where he can gain a lot of points - 'cold'.  Of course there's Shenzhen the week before Beijing/Tokyo which he could opt for and not play either of the 500s, though that seems a little unlikely, but he is defending there.

All about balancing rest/recovery and playing in the latter part of the year. Smart scheduling must be a tricky thing to get right.
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I can't see him playing Shenzhen again given the miserably high humidity levels there, so Beijing or Tokyo would make better sense anyway.
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