The 2012 Bucharest Open men’s main draw singles matches began on Monday 23 April at 12 noon local time at the BNR Tennis Arenas in Bucharest, Romania. In this post a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw will be provided, including how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are, who the seeds are and the seeded match-ups plus the full draw list.
Bucharest is one of 41 ATP Tour 250 category tournaments each year and has 28 players vying for the title, a maximum of 250 ATP ranking points and € 71,900 Euros in prize money for the winner.
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There are 28 players in the draw divided up between 4 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 21 Direct Acceptances. The cut-off date for entry was 12 March 2012 and Grigor DIMITROV of Bulgaria with a ranking of No.102 that week was the last direct acceptance.
The Seeds: In a 32-player sized draw there are 8 seeded players in order to keep the one seed for each four spots in the draw ratio according to tournament draw rules. Bucharest has a 28-player draw so only the Top 4 seeds all receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 12 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round. The seeds are selected according to the latest ATP rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 16 April 2012. The Top 8 ranked players in the draw at that date become the Top 8 seeds.
The original No.3 seed Jurgen Melzer withdrew with an ankle injury before the 1st round commenced but after the draw was completed, this is why there is a No.9 seed and no No.3 seed. Jeremy Chardy became the No.9 seed as the next highest ranked player in the draw outside the Top 8 seeds.
No.5 seed Marcos Baghdatis then became the fourth highest player in the draw so received a BYE in the 1st round as one of the Top 4 ranked players in the draw. Melzer’s withdrawal also created one extra spot that goes to a lucky loser [LL], which is the highest seeded player to lose in the final round of qualifying – Erik Chvojka.
The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the quarter finals is:
- Gilles SIMON  v  Lukasz KUBOT
- Viktor TROICKI  v  Ivan DODIG
- Andreas SEPPI  v  Marcos BAGHDATIS
- Jeremy CHARDY  v  Florian MAYER
The 2012 Bucharest Men’s singles draw is:
- Gilles SIMON  v BYE
- Dudi SELA v Adrian UNGUR
- Marius COPIL [WC] v Tobias KAMKE
- Gabriel MORARU [WC] v  Lukasz KUBOT
- Viktor TROICKI  v BYE
- Matthias BACHINGER v Filippo VOLANDRI
- Victor CRIVOI [WC] v [Q] Jurgen ZOPP
- Daniel BRANDS [Q] v  Ivan DODIG
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Andreas SEPPI  v [Q] Guillaume RUFIN
- Erik CHVOJKA [LL] v Marcel-Cedrik STEBE
- Fabio FOGNINI v Joao SOUZA
- BYE v  Marcos BAGHDATIS
- Jeremy CAHRDY  v Potito STARACE
- Attila BALAZS v [Q] v Lukas LACKO
- Xavier MALISSE v Grigor DIMITROV
- BYE v  Florian MAYER
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