The 2013 Hamburg main draw men’s singles matches will begin on Monday 15 July at 11am local time in Hamburg, Germany. Below OnCourt Advantage details a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.
The men’s singles draw has a 48-player draw consisting of 6 Qualifiers, 5 Wildcards and 37 Direct Acceptances. The cut-off date for entry was 27 May 2013 and Gael MONFILS of France with a ranking of No.81 that week was the last direct acceptance.
The official Hamburg main draw ceremony was held on Friday 12 July. To watch the tennis in Singapore you need to add 6 hours to the local time in Hamburg to work out the equivalent Singapore time for this daily 2013 Hamburg Order of Play. The daily 2013 Hamburg results will be updated throughout the tournament.
A seeding is allocated to the 16 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 8 July 2013.
All of the 16 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 16 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round. This means that the the Top 16 seeds play one round against lower ranked opponent (unseeded player), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.
If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 17th highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 18th player and so on. Lukas ROSOL is No.17 and first in line to become a seed and Marcel GRANOLLERS is No.18.
The five wildcard recipients were confirmed before the singles draw ceremony Friday 12 July as the qualifying singles event was drawn that day. The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.
The wildcard recipients were four Germans and 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer (pictured above at Rome this year). The 7th highest ranked German male Julian REISTER, No.8 Jan-Lennard STRUFF and No.9 Matthias BACHINGER and the 42nd highest ranked German and World No.793, 16-year-old Alexandr ZVEREV.
The 24-player qualifying tournament began on Saturday 13 July and is played over two days. The 6 qualifiers names are then drawn and added to complete the main singles draw in the evening of Sunday 14 July.
When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from the tournament after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the main draw is awarded to a lucky loser.
Any player that loses in the final round of qualifying and then signs-in for the singles main draw is eligible to receive a lucky loser spot into the main draw. The lucky loser spots are awarded in the order of highest ranked player to the lowest, hence the term, despite losing they are lucky to still compete in the main draw.
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