The 2013 Australian Open men’s qualifying singles event begins on Wednesday 9 January at 10am local time in Melbourne. YOU can attend the entire qualifying event without having to pay for a ticket, yes, it is free entry! To watch the tennis in Singapore subtract 3 hours from the local time in Melbourne.
As soon as the qualifying draw is announced on Tuesday 8 January it will be added right here-> Australian Open 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying 1st Round.
The qualifying matches are best-of-3 sets and NOT best-of-5 sets like the main draw singles matches. 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.
There are 32 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 32 ranked players are seeded to meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the final round that decides which 16 players qualify for the main draw. The 32 seeds for the qualifying event will determined in ranking order according to the ATP rankings released on Monday 7 January 2013.
The seeds 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. 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 men’s qualifying draw has 128 spots as compared to the women’s qualifying that has 96 spots, which is why there are 32 men’s seeds as opposed to 24 women’s seeds. There are more men’s qualifying matches to be played, which is why the men’s qualifying begins a day earlier and because there are more spots allocated to qualifiers in the men’s singles event i.e. 16 as compared to the 12 spots for qualifiers in the women’s main draw.
In many ways it is better to compete in the qualifying than to be given a wildcard into the main draw. Here is a breakdown of the ranking points and prize money per round for the qualifying event:
- $3,280 Australian dollars but NO ranking points to players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying;
- $6,560 and 16 ATP ranking points to players that win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated;
- $13,120 and 24 ranking points to players who win through to the 3rd round of qualifying but are then defeated; and
- $27,600 and 35 ranking points to players who qualify for the main draw but are then defeated in the 1st round of the main draw.
© photo credit: Beth Wilson