The 2012 Los Angeles Open men’s main draw singles hard-court event began on Monday 23 July at 11am local time. The official name of Los Angeles due to title sponsorship naming rights is the Farmers Classic. In this post a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw will be provided, the full singles draw and what the projected quarter finals match-ups are will be listed.
Los Angeles is one of the ATP Tour 250 Tournaments each year and has 28 players vying for the title, a maximum of 250 ATP ranking points and US$100,650 in prize money for the winner. There are 32 main draw spots divided up between 4 Qualifiers [Q], 3 Wild Cards [WC], 21 Direct Acceptances and 4 Bye’s. If any players withdraw from the event after the draw is made they will be replaced by a Lucky Loser [LL].
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The Seeds: In a 32-player sized draw there are 8 seeded players. As mentioned, Los Angeles allocates four bye’s with one going to each of the Top 4 seeds. The seeded players from No.5 to No.8 play two rounds against lower ranked opponents who are unseeded, before they can meet another seed in the quarter finals. The Top 4 seeds play one match against a lower ranked opponent who is unseeded for a place in the quarter finals.
The seeding is allocated to the 8 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP rankings BEFORE the draw is made and these latest rankings were released on Monday 16 July.
The 8 seeds were ranked from World No.47 Benoit PAIRE through to No.79 Brian BAKER. The last direct acceptance into the main draw was Rajeev RAM of the USA who was ranked No.119 at the cut-off date.
The Wild Cards: the three wild card recipients were all American players: Jack SOCK and Steve JOHNSON plus Brian BAKER who originally did not enter this tournament or else he would have been directly accepted.
The Qualifiers: The 32-player qualifying tournament sets the task of winning 3 best-of-three tiebreak set matches in order to qualify for the main draw. These four players then have their names added to the draw and will be listed here as soon as they are finalised…Chris GUCCIONE, Bradley KLAHN, Ricardas BERANKIS and Nicolas MEISTER.
The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the quarter finals is:
- Benoit PAIRE  v  Marinko MATOSEVIC
- Nicolas MAHUT  v  Bjorn PHAU
- Brian BAKER [WC] v  Leonardo MAYER
- Xavier MALISSE  v  Sam QUERREY
The 2012 Los Angeles Open men’s singles draw is:
- Benoit PAIRE (1) v BYE
- Jesse LEVINE v Michael RUSSELL
- Tobias KAMKE v James BLAKE
- Chris GUCCIONE [Q] v  Marinko MATOSEVIC
- Nicolas MAHUT  v BYE
- Bradley KLAHN [Q] v Paolo LORENZI
- Dudi SELA v Igor ANDREEV
- Ricardas BERANKIS [Q] v  Bjorn PHAU
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Brian BAKER [WC] v Rajeev RAM
- Igor KUNITSYN v Paul CAPDEVILLE
- Flavio CIPOLLA v [WC] Jack SOCK
- BYE v  Leonardo MAYER
- Xavier MALISSE  v [Q] Nicolas MEISTER
- Michael BERRER v Matthew EBDEN
- Steve JOHNSON [WC] v Igor SIJSLING
- BYE v  Sam QUERREY
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