The 2012 Memphis Open men’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 20 February at 10am local time in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is one of only 11 ATP 5oo category tournaments each year and the first of two ATP 500 events in the USA. 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 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The official draw was held on Friday 17 February and as soon as the qualifying event is complete OnCourt Advantage will add the names of the four qualifiers into their allocated spots in the draw below. The 8 seeds were ranked from World No.14 (John ISNER) through to No.36 (Bernard TOMIC). The last direct acceptance into the main draw was Benjamin BECKER from Germany who was ranked No.80 at the cut-off date.
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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 seeding is allocated to the 8 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP rankings BEFORE the draw is made. These latest rankings were released on Monday 13 February therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced.
The 2012 Memphis men’s singles seeds are:
1-John ISNER, 2-Andy RODDICK, 3-Radek STEPANEK, 4-Milos RAONIC, 5-Alex BOGOMOLOV Jnr., 6-Julien BENNTEAU, 7-Kevin ANDERSON and 8-Bernard TOMIC.
If any of the seeded players withdraw before taking the court for their 1st round match another player will replace that seed. If a replacement seed is selected he would be the next highest ranked player from the direct acceptances i.e. Donald YOUNG.
The Wild Cards: were awarded to three Americans: Sam QUERREY, Ryan HARRISON and Jack SOCK.
The Qualifiers: The 16-player qualifying tournament sets the task of winning two best-of-three tiebreak set, matches in order to qualify for the main draw. These four players will have their names added here as soon as they win their final round of qualifying -> Bobby REYNOLDS, Robby GINEPRI, Robert KENDRICK and Jesse LEVINE.
This is the draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the quarter finals:
- John ISNER (1) v (8) Bernard TOMIC
- Radek STEPANEK (3) v (7) Kevin ANDERSON
- Alex BOGOMOLOV Jnr. (5) v (4) Milos RAONIC
- Julien BENNETEAU (6) v (2) Andy RODDICK
The 2012 Memphis Open men’s singles draw for the 1st round is:
- John ISNER (1) v Gilles MULLER
- Grigor DIMITROV v Donald YOUNG
- Jurgen MELZER v Denis ISTOMIN
- Ivan DODIG v (8) Bernard TOMIC
- Radek STEPANEK (3) v (Q) Bobby REYNOLDS
- James BLAKE v Ryan SWEETING
- Sam QUERREY (WC) v Alejandro FALLA
- Robby GINEPRI (Q) v (7) Kevin ANDERSON
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Alex BOGOMOLOV JR. (5) v Olivier ROCHUS
- Ryan HARRISON (WC) v (WC) Jack SOCK
- Robert KENDRICK (Q) v Sergiy STAKHOVSKY
- Ernests GULBIS v (4) Milos RAONIC
- Julien BENNETEAU (6) v Philipp PETZSCHNER
- Jesse LEVINE (Q) v Lukasz KUBOT
- Benjamin BECKER v Dudi SELA
- Xavier MALISSE v (2) Andy RODDICK
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