The 2010 Roland Garros men’s qualifying singles event is now complete. The qualifying began on Tuesday 18 May with 128 players battling for the 16 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event. To qualify you must win 3 matches in a row and unlike the main draw singles matches, which are best of 5 sets, the qualifying matches are only best of 3 sets.
Of the 32 seeds in the qualifying 22 of them were defeated in the 1sttwo rounds of qualifying, leaving only 10 seeds amongst the 32 players in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies.
Once a player qualifies he earns 25 ATP ranking points for qualifying and another 10 points for playing in the 1st round. Throughout the tournament the qualifiers keep their 25 points and add it on to the points they receive for whichever round they make it to. For example, a 2nd round loss earns a qualifier 70 points 45 like everyone else plus their 25. A 3rd round loss earns a qualifier 115 points whereas everyone else would earn 90 points.
If a player is awarded a place in the main draw as a Lucky Loser Once he does not get the 25 ATP ranking points that a qualifier does. The Lucky Loser gets the 14 points he earned for making it to the 3rd round of qualifying. Throughout the tournament the Lucky Loser keeps his 14 points and adds it on to the points allocated for whichever round he makes it to. For example, a 1st round loss earns a Lucky Loser 24 points 10 like everyone else plus his 14. A 2nd round loss earns him 59 points, 14 +45 and a 3rd round loss earns him 104 points, 14 + 90.
Only 2 of the 14 French players qualified after 4 of the 8 French wild cards made it through to the qualifying round – Devilder, Patience, Mannarino and Paire, plus 1 of the 6 French players – Sidorenko, who were directly accepted into the qualifying event. Both French men were wild cards with the best story being that of Benoit Paire.
In the 2nd round of qualifying Paire won a marathon 2 hours and 31 minute match 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 7-5 against Santiago Gonzalez. The 21 yr old Paire is currently at his career best ranking of No.214 and will improve even further now he has qualified for the very 1st time. For Paire it was a case of 3rd time lucky. In 2008 he lost in the 1st round ogf qualifying. Last year he suffered a disappointing loss in the qualifying round, so close yet so far.
Paire illustrated just how big a moment the qualifying tournaments can be in the careers and futures of many players and their rankings, when he spoke about his 3rd round match against German Dieter Kindlmann,”It’ll be like a final for me – one of the most important matches of my career.”
Pictured above is 2009 US Open singles champion Juan Martin del Potro preparing to swing forward to drive this double handed backhand. The 21 year old 1.98m Argentine had wrist surgery earlier this month and will be out for the next 3 Grand Slams.
Last year del Potro was part of the amazing semi final day at Roland Garros which saw both matches go to 5 sets and both matches last for the best part of 3 and a half hours. Robin Soderling defeated Fernando Gonzalez in 3 hours and 29 minutes 6-3, 7-5, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 whilst Roger Federer came back from 2 sets to 1 down to defeat del Potro 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in 3 hours and 28 minutes.
Those players names that are bolded in the list below are the 16 players who have qualified for the men’s singles main draw. The highest ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying was No.10 seed Jose Acasuso which means he would be the 1st player to take a spot in the main draw as a Lucky Loser if ant player withdraws from the tournament BEFORE playing his 1st round match.
Acasuso’s injury may mean that he has already withdrawn from the event, in which case No.14 seed Santiago Ventura would be the 1st player in line to take any possible Lucky Loser spot.
The results in the 3rd round and final round of the 2010 Roland Garros men’s qualifying singles event are:
- (29) Pablo Andujar d. (WC) Nicolas Devilder 1-6, 7-5, 6-2
- Yuri Schukin d. Martin Klizan 6-2 6-4
- (WC) Olivier Patience d. Alexandre Sidorenko 4-6, 6-4, 8-6
- Jesse Witten d. Pavol Cervenak 7-5 6-2
- (5) Thiago Alves d. Antonio Veic 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
- (6) Somdev Devvarman d. (WC) Adrian Mannarino 6-4 6-1
- (31) Michael Yani d. Ricardo Hocevar 6-2 6-3
- Stefano Galvani d. Ryan Harrison 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
- (9) Teimuraz Gabashvili d. Ryler Deheart 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
- Jorge Aguilar v. (10) Jose Acasuso 6-4 3-0 retired
- (WC) Benoit Paire d. Dieter Kindlmann 6-1 6-4
- Martin Fischer d. Ricardas Berankis 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
- Julian Reister d. Carlos Berlocq 6-4 6-2
- (26) Grega Zemlja d. (14) Santiago Ventura 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
- (15) Simone Bolelli d. (18) Marsel Ilhan 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
- Tobias Kamke d. Alex Bogomolov Jnr 6-1 6-4
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Roland Garros for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details including the Schedule of Play -> Roland Garros: French Open 2010 May 18 – June 6.
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