The Australian Open 2010 Men’s Qualifying tournament is played at the same venue as the main event, unlike Wimbledon. The 128 players who did not have a high enough ranking to gain a Direct Acceptance into the main draw contest this knockout tournament.
The other way of being able to contest in the main draw is if Tennis Australia awards you a wild card into the main draw. If you do not receive 1 of the 8 Wild Cards then you must qualify.
16 spots in the main draw of the Australian Open are allocated to qualifiers. The qualifiers then have the opportunity to really improve their ranking as the Grand Slam events offer the most ranking points in comparison to all of the other tournaments each year. A 1st round loss earns a player 35 ATP ranking points.
The prize money that can be earned by a Qualifier is also the highest a player will earn for a first round loss. Qualifiers are guaranteed 19,400 Australian dollars in prize money even if they cannot win a main draw match.
Last year in the Australian Open Men’s Singles event the best-performed qualifier was Dudi Sela of Israel who won through to the 3rd round. Sela lost in 4 sets to the 5th seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who was the runner-up in the 2008 Australian Open singles championship.
This year only 7 of the 32 seeded players in the qualies won through to the main draw, whilst 9 unseeded men qualified ahead of the other 25 seeds. The country that the player represents is in brackets next to his name.
The winners of “The Qualifying Round” were:
The Seeds: No.1 seed i.e. (1) Xavier Malisse (Belgium), (9) Illya Marchenko (Ukraine), (12) Blaz Kavcic (Slovenia), (14) David Guez (France), (15) Stefan Koubek (Austria), (21) Kevin Anderson (South Africa) and (32) Grega Zemlja (Slovenia).
Unseeded players: Matthew Ebden (Australia), Antonio Veic (Croatia), Louk Sorensen (Ireland), Guillaume Rufin (France), Ricardo Hocevar (Brazil), Donald Young (USA), Ivan Sergeyev (Ukraine), Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Dieter Kindlmann (Germany).
Young and Kindlmann also qualified for the last Grand Slam singles main draw on the Men’s Pro Tour back at the 2009 US Open.
How far will the player (pictured above) with the most form on hard courts on the ATP Tour go at the 2010 Australian Open? Nikolay Davydenko has beaten both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal twice each in the past 2 major hard court tournaments.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for more coverage of the 2010 Australian Open and click these links for further details -> Australian Open 2010 Women’s Qualifying, Australian Open 2010 Men’s Seeding and Australian Open 2010 Women’s Seeding.
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