San Jose 2012 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying

Andy Roddick playing a backhand volleyThe 2012 SAP Open men’s qualifying singles event begins on Saturday 11 February at 10am local time in San Jose, Northern California in the USA. The qualifying event is scheduled to be completed on Saturday 12 February. To watch the tennis in Singapore you need to add 16 hours to the local time in San Jose to work out the equivalent Singapore time.

The great news is YOU can attend the entire qualifying event without having to pay for a ticket, yes, it is free entry for the entire qualifying event, so don’t miss it! The qualifying event is being played at a different venue and on indoors hard courts at the Courtside Club Resort, 14675 Winchester Boulevard, in Los Gatos, California.

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As soon as the qualifying draw is announced on Friday 10 February it will be added right here-> San Jose 2012 Men’s Qualifying Singles Draw.

There are 8 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 8 ranked players at the cut-off date are seeded to meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the final round that decides which 4 players qualify for the main draw. The qualifying draws are different to main draws because these events do not play off until there is one undefeated player. Therefore, the No.1 seed and the No.2 seed are not separated at the opposite ends of the draw.

The cut-off date for acceptances into the 2012 SAP Open qualifying singles draw was 2 January 2012. Players were accepted into the qualifying draw according to their ranking on January 2nd. To determine who the 8 seeds are in the qualifying event, the rankings released on Monday 6 February 2012 will be used to identify the seeds (and not the rankings at the time of qualifying on January 2nd).

A seeded player occupies one of every four spots in the qualifying draw. The men’s qualifying has a 32-draw with 28 spots, which means the Top 4 seeds in the qualifying event receive a BYE into the 2nd round of qualifying. The seeds from No.5 to No.8 do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event. All players must win three matches in a row in order to qualify with the exception of the Top 4 seeds.

The qualifying matches are best-of-3 sets. The first two sets are tiebreak sets and the final set is an advantage set. In an advantage set, if the set score is tied at six games all the players continue to play until one player gains a two game advantage.

The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn DO NOT earn any money and DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $420 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the players who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $875 and 6 ranking points.

*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 12 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, do not earn a point. Wild Card entrants who lose in the 1st round DO NOT receive any ranking points.

From the round of 16 onwards any qualifiers who win, earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 12 points for qualifying. Therefore a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the round of 16 earns 20 points for making the round of 16 plus 12 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the round of 16 earns 32 ranking points in total.

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  1. I use to watch a lot of tennis in the old days, with Connors, McEnroe, Borg, Sampras and such. I stopped because it became boring due to the nonreturnable serves. Sampras use to win easily with serves at 125 miles an hour that people could not return. Now i started watching again but i noticed that even though the serve speeds are even higher eg Milos Raonic at 150 mph serves, the opponents are able to return them. What kinds of changes have been made for this to occur? Thankyou

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