The 2012 Stuttgart Open men’s main draw singles clay-court event began on Monday 9 July at 3pm local time in Stuttgart, Germany. The official tournament name is the Mercedes Cup. 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.
Stuttgart is one of the ATP Tour 250 Tournaments each year and has 32 players vying for the title, a maximum of 250 ATP ranking points and €64,700 (Euros) 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, Stuttgart 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. These latest rankings were released on Monday 25 June. Usually the most recent rankings are the closest Monday before the draw is made, which was 2 July. However, during a Grand Slam tournament the rankings are not updated until the conclusion of the two-week event.
The 8 seeds were ranked from World No.8 Janko TIPSAREVIC through to No.50 Tommy HAAS. The last direct acceptance into the main draw was Philipp PETZSCHNER of Germany who was ranked No.98 at the cut-off date.
The Wild Cards: the three wild card recipients were all Germans: former World No.2 Tommy HAAS, who originally did not enter this tournament or else he would have been directly accepted, Robin KERN and Dustin BROWN.
The Qualifiers: The 30-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 they were: Martin FISCHER, Julian REISTER, Igor ANDREEV and Pavol CERVENAK.
The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the quarter finals is:
- Janko TIPSAREVIC  v  Robin HAASE
- Bernard TOMIC  v  Lukasz KUBOT
- Nikolay DAVYDENKO  v  Pablo ANDUJAR
- Tommy HAAS  v  Juan MONACO
The 2012 Stuttgart Open men’s singles draw is:
- Janko TIPSAREVIC  v BYE
- Steve DARCIS v Albert MONTANES
- Bjorn PHAU v [Q] Martin FISCHER
- Lukas ROSOL v  Robin HAASE
- Bernard TOMIC  v BYE
- Thomaz BELLUCCI v [WC] Robin KERN
- Julian REISTER [Q] v Jeremy CHARDY
- Cedrik-Marcel STEBE v  Lukasz KUBOT
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Nikolay DAVYDENKO  v [WC] Dustin BROWN
- Benoit PAIRE v [LL] Eduardo SCHWANK replaced P. Petzschner
- Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ v Ruben RAMIREZ HIDALGO
- BYE v  Pablo ANDUJAR
- Tommy HAAS [WC] v [Q] Igor ANDREEV
- Sergiy STAKHOVSKY v [Q] Pavol CERVENAK
- Flavio CIPOLLA v Tobias KAMKE
- BYE v  Juan MONACO
photo credit: Frédéric de Villamil