Thx, I get that. But why Auckland and Delray Beach? Why not some other even non-countable tours?
LOL yeah. Of course it is other non-countable events if they have the same number of points. The ATP randomly chooses the two 45-pointers that are currently non-countables. Auckland was chosen this week, but it could very well have been Vienna or Memphis. This Monday, all 3 45-pointers will be non-countables. The next week after that, Delray Beach will also be a non-countable.
And considering he is 'defending' Auckland and Delray atm, will he have to do it again next year during Auckland and Delray beach?
Of course. The non-countable events are just a backup for when higher placed non-mandatories drop out. As long as Haas has mandatories, these mandatories can only be replaced with other mandatories if he remains a top player. That means that if next year, he decides not to player Madrid and Rome, he will get 0-pointers replacing them. When Halle drops out this year, if Haas decides not to play again to defend his title, his Delray Beach result will again be counted in. Next year, Auckland and Delray Beach will disappear completely if he doesn't defend them, so they won't be usable as backups anymore.