The 2013 Australian Open Men’s singles main draw allows eight wild cards to compete in the 128-player contest for men’s singles title. The wild cards are players who would otherwise not be able to play in the main draw because their singles ranking is not high enough to earn a spot as a direct acceptance in the main draw at the cut-off date. One of these wild cards will be awarded to the winner of the 2013 Australian Open men’s singles wild card play-offs conducted at the Australian Open tournament venue – Melbourne Park.
The schedule of play for the Australian Open Aussie-men-only wildcard play-off singles knockout tournament commences on Monday 10 December with all of the eight 1st round matches being played on courts 5, 6 and 7. There are 16 players in the draw as compared to last year when a 24-player draw was used. Last year all matches were best of three tiebreak sets except for the Men’s Singles Final, which was a best of five set match. A further improvement adopted for these 2013 Australian Open wildcard play-offs is making EVERY match a best of five set match to mirror the match format used in the Australian Open men’s singles main draw.
You can watch live streaming of these wildcard play-offs on-> the Australian Open YouTube channel commencing at 9:45am local time in Melbourne on Monday 10 December through to the singles final day on Sunday 16 December. To watch the tennis in Singapore subtract 3 hours from the Melbourne local time.
I encourage you to “Follow” the Australian Open on Twitter like I do, the official handle is @AustralianOpen and the official 2013 hashtag is #AusOpen. Please “Like” the official Australian Open Facebook page just as I do by pasting http://www.facebook.com/AustralianOpen into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there.
Pictured above is the current No.1 ranked Australian man Marinko MATOSEVIC just after making contact with the ball for this forehand ground stroke at the 2012 Indian Wells Masters 1000 tournament. The 27-year-old right-hander had his best year on tour by achieving his career high singles ranking of No.47, competing in six of the none ATP Tour Masters 1000 singles events and playing in the singles main draw at three of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
The 1.9m Matosevic finished 2012 ranked at No.49 ahead of the second and third highest ranked Australians Bernard Tomic (No.52) and Lleyton Hewitt (No.83). Matosevic gains a direct acceptance into the singles main draw of the 2013 Australian by virtue of the fact that he earned his place by being ranked in the Top 104 in the world at the official rankings cut-off date for entry i.e. six weeks prior to the 1st round commencing (10 December, 2012). The Bosnia-Herzegovina born Aussie was the winner of the 2012 Australian Open wildcard play-off earning himself a place in the 1st round of the main singles draw for the third straight year.
The 8 seeded players in the men’s wildcard play-off draw are:
- Samuel GROTH – Current singles ranking of 216, 25-year-old right-hander whose best AO result is playing the 1st round of the main draw in 2009.
- John-Patrick SMITH – No.246, 23-year-old left-hander whose best AO result is playing the 1st round of qualifying in 2012.
- Matt REID – No.311, 22-year-old right-hander whose best AO result is playing in the 1st round of qualifying in 2009-2012.
- Adam FEENEY – No.318, 27-year-old right-hander whose best AO result is making in the 2nd round of qualifying in 2008.
- Benjamin MITCHELL – No.324, 20-year-old right-hander whose best AO result is playing the 1st round of the main draw in 2012.
- Luke SAVILLE – No.342, 18-year-old right-hander whose best AO result is playing the 1st round of qualifying in 2010-2012.
- Greg JONES – No.373, 23-year-old right-hander whose best AO result is playing the 1st round of the main draw in 2012.
- Matthew BARTON – No.425, 20-year-old right-hander whose has never played the Australian Open.
Photo credit: Beth Wilson