Australian Open 2012 Men’s Singles Draw: Wild Card Play-off

The 2012 Australian Open Men’s singles main draw is made up of 128 players divided up between direct acceptances, qualifiers and wild cards. Today OnCourt Advantage is covering the 2012 Australian Open men’s wild card play-off. The will card play-off is an Australian men-only knockout tournament with the winner earning a wild card into the singles main draw for the 2012 Australian Open.

This Australian wild card tournament is being played at the Australian Open venue this week from Tuesday 6 December through to Sunday 11 December. All matches are best of three tiebreak sets except for the Men’s Singles Final, which is a best of five set match. In last years Australian Open will card play-off men’s singles final Marinko Matosevic defeated Peter Luczak to earn his spot in the main draw.

Making THE final wild card play-off match best of five sets is an excellent choice because it provides better preparation for the Australian Open first round match that the winner will be playing. In addition, it makes it EVEN more significant given the third and final round of the Australian Open qualifying singles tournament is best of three sets.

All three rounds of the qualifying event are best of three sets. The qualifying is where all of the 24 players in this knockout event would have to play in order to earn a spot in the Australian Open main draw, with the exception of those 6 players who are awarded a wild card between now and Tuesday 10 January.

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This 2012 wild card play-off tournament has a 24-player draw with eight seeded players. The eight seeds all receive a bye into the round of 16 and will face the eight winners of the 1st round matches on Wednesday 7 December for a chance to play in the quarter finals. The quarter finals will be held on Thursday 8 December followed by a rest day on Friday. The semi finals will be played on Saturday 10 December and the Men’s Singles Final this Sunday.

The seeding was determined by using the ATP rankings as at Monday 28 November. The Australian men ranked in the top 250 in the world who are not a direct acceptance or wild card recipient earn a direct acceptance into this play-off. The top three seeds qualified under this criterion and the remaining 21 players were awarded wild cards into the draw. The wild cards were selected by the selectors panel of: Patrick Rafter, Todd Woodbridge, Nicole Bradtke, David Taylor, Brent Larkham and Nicole Pratt.

The 8 seeded players are:

  1. Greg JONES – No.196, 22-year-old, 1.9m right-hander whose best AO result is making the 2011 3rd round of qualifying.
  2. Marinko MATOSEVIC – No.201, 26-year-old right-hander whose best AO result is playing the 1st round in 2010-11.
  3. Benjamin MITCHELL – No.214, 19-year-old whose best AO result is playing in the 1st round of qualifying in 2010-11.
  4. Chris GUCCIONE – No.257, 26-year-old, 2.01m left hander whose best AO result is making in the 2nd round in 2004 & 2009.
  5. James DUCKWORTH – No.274, 19-year-old whose best AO result is playing in the 1st round of qualifying in 2010-11.
  6. James LEMKE – No.287, 23-year-old right-hander whose best AO result is playing the 1st round of qualifying in 2010-11.
  7. Matt REID – No.270, 21-year-old whose best AO result is playing in the 1st round of qualifying in 2009 to 2011.
  8. Michael LOOK – No.349, 24-year-old whose has never played the Australian Open.

Pictured above is current World No.187 Lleyton HEWITT preparing for his double-handed backhand drive at the Australian Open. The 30-year-old right-hander is a former World No.1 and duel Grand Slam singles champion winning the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon titles. The 1.8m Australian was awarded the first of the eight wild cards to be announced into the 2012 men’s singles draw on 1 December 2011.

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