The 2012 Dubai Open men’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 27 February at 12 noon local time in Dubai in the UAE. There are 32 main draw spots divided up between 4 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 25 Direct Acceptances. The official tournament name is the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The official draw is being held on Friday 24 February and as soon as it is drawn OnCourt Advantage will add the names into the projected quarter final match-ups for the seeds and post the full draw here-> The 2012 Dubai Open Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
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The Seeds: In a 32-player sized draw there are 8 seeded players. This means that all of the 8 seeds are separated in the draw so they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents who are unseeded, before they can meet another seed in the quarter finals.
The seeds are selected according to the latest ATP rankings before the draw is made i.e. as at 20 February 2012. The Top 8 ranked players in the draw at that date become the Top 8 seeds, therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced.
The 2012 Dubai Open men’s singles seeds are:
1-Novak DJOKOVIC, 2-Roger FEDERER, 3-Andy MURRAY, 4-Jo-Wilfried TSONGA, 5-Tomas BERDYCH, 6-Mardy FISH, 7-Janko TIPSAREVIC and 8-Juan Martin DEL POTRO.
If any of the seeded players withdraw during the next few days before taking the court for their 1st round match I will update the seeded players list above straight away. That seed would be replaced by the next highest ranked direct acceptance i.e. Richard GASQUET.
The Wild Cards: Once the 3 wild cards are chosen and announced OnCourt Advantage will add their names right here-> Marko DJOKOVIC, Omar AWADHY and Sergei BUBKA.
The Qualifiers: The 16-player qualifying tournament begins on Saturday 25 February and concludes on Sunday 26 February. As soon as each of the four players win their 2nd or final round of qualifying to qualify for the main draw OnCourt Advantage will list their names here-and add the names of the four qualifiers into their allocated spots in the draw-> Andrey GOLUBEV, Marco CHIUDINELLI, Michael BERRER and Lukas LACKO.
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