Roland Garros 2010 Men’s Qualifying

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The 2010 Roland Garros men’s qualifying singles event begins today – Tuesday 18 May at 11am local time in Paris. The qualifying event will be completed on Friday 21 May. The qualifying matches are best of 3 sets with the final set being an advantage set i.e. you must win by at least 2 games as opposed to a tie break at 6 games all.

There are 128 spots in the qualifying draw and it is divided up between 9 Wild Cards (WC) and 119 Direct Acceptances. 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 round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies.

8 of the 9 players who received a wild card into the men’s qualifying singles event were French in a strong show of support by the French Tennis Federation. Devilder, Rochette, Patience, Mannarino, Prodon, Paire & Brezac are the 8 French wild cards. The 9th player is Daniel Berta of Sweden who won the 2009 Junior Roland Garros Singles Championship. The ITF ruled that a wild card into the qualifying event must be given to previous years Junior winner.

Another 6 French men were directly accepted into the qualifying draw to make 14 French men in the 128 player draw. They are Dasnieres De Veigy, Obry, Sidorenko, Millot, Ascione & De Chaunac. At Roland Garros there are 16 spots in the main draw of the men’s singles event allocated for qualifiers. 2004 Roland Garros Singles Champion Gaston Gaudio of Argentina is playing in the qualifying. Will he qualify?

The players win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn 2,400 Euros and 16 ATP ranking points, which is more than a player receives who is directly accepted into the main draw and then loses his 1st round match. Players who qualify for the main draw will earn a minimum of 9,150 Euros and 35 ATP ranking points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw. That means they received 3.5 times the amount that a direct acceptance receives when he loses his 1st round match. Do you think that is a fair way to allocate points?

The seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event. All players must win 3 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 top 16 seeds in the main draw of qualifying have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify. The whole 32 seeds are just listed down the draw. There is a No.33 seed because World No.105 Igor Kunitsyn, who was the No.1 seed moved into the main draw after Gilles Simon of France withdrew with a right knee injury.

The draw for the 2010 men’s qualifying singles event is:

  • (33) Igor Sijsling versus (WC) Nicolas Devilder
  • Jonathan Dasnieres De Veigy versus Philipp Oswald
  • Julien Obry versus Adrian Menendez-Maceiras
  • James Ward versus (29) Pablo Andujar
  • (2) Frederico Gil versus Andreas Haider-Maurer
  • Dominik Hrbaty versus Martin Klizan
  • Yuri Schukin versus Matthew Ebden
  • Prakash Amritraj versus (17) Joao Souza
  • (3) Rui Machado versus Ivan Dodig
  • Alexandre Sidorenko versus (WC) Laurent Rochette
  • (WC) Olivier Patience versus Bastian Knittel
  • Pedro Clar-Rossello versus (27) Albert Ramos-Vinolas
  • (4) Marcos Daniel versus Jesse Witten
  • John Millman versus Caio Zampieri
  • Greg Jones versus Pavol Cervenak
  • Vincent Millot versus (20) Ilija Bozoljac
  • (5) Thiago Alves versus Dominik Meffert
  • Gaston Gaudio versus Lester Cook
  • Antonio Veic versus Francesco Aldi
  • Adrian Ungur versus (22) Mikhail Kukushkin
  • (6) Somdev Devvarman versus Jiri Vanek
  • Chris Guccione versus Daniel King-Turner
  • Carlos Salamanca versus (WC) Adrian Mannarino
  • Peter Polansky versus (28) Ramon Delgado
  • (7) Ivan Navarro versus Ricardo Hocevar
  • Dusan Lojda versus Giovanni Lapentti
  • Simon Stadler versus Diego Junqueira
  • Juan Pablo Brzezicki versus (31) Michael Yani
  • (8) Bjorn Phau versus Stefano Galvani
  • Yuichi Sugita versus Konstantin Kravchuk
  • Ryan Harrison versus (WC) Eric Prodon
  • Sebastian Decoud versus (19) Christophe Rochus
  • (9) Teimuraz Gabashvili versus Roko Karanusic
  • Thierry Ascione versus Ivan Sergeyev
  • Julio Silva versus Ryler Deheart
  • Flavio Cipolla versus (23) Federico Del Bonis
  • (10) Jose Acasuso versus Louk Sorensen
  • Arnau Brugues-Davi versus David Marrero
  • Niels Desein versus Jorge Aguilar
  • Benedikt Dorsch versus (25) Kevin Kim
  • (11) Stefan Koubek versus (WC) Benoit Paire
  • (WC) Daniel Berta versus Santiago Gonzalez
  • Attila Balazs versus (WC) Charles-Antoine Brezac
  • Dieter Kindlmann versus (32) Lamine Ouahab
  • (12) Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo versus Paul Capdeville
  • Martin Fischer versus Yannick Mertens
  • Ricardas Berankis versus Reda El Amrani
  • Victor Crivoi versus (30) Guillaume Rufin
  • (13) Filippo Volandri versus Julian Reister
  • Conor Niland versus Alex Bogdanovic
  • Sebastien De Chaunac versus Lukas Rosol
  • Carlos Berlocq versus (24) Jan Hernych
  • (14) Santiago Ventura versus  Benjamin Balleret
  • Ruben Bemelmans versus Andre Begemann
  • Riccardo Ghedin versus Guillermo Alcaide
  • Uladzimir Ignatik versus (26) Grega Zemlja
  • (15) Simone Bolelli versus Marinko Matosevic
  • Leonardo Tavares versus Jan Minar
  • Jonathan Ascione versus Roberto Bautista-Agut
  • Martin Vassallo Arguello versus (18) Marsel Ilhan
  • (16) Alberto Martin versus Tobias Kamke
  • Michael Lammer versus Nick Lindahl
  • Martin Alund versus Alex Bogomolov Jnr
  • Andrea Arnaboldi versus (21) Harel Levy

Pictured above is Andy Murray during his service motion. Murray achieved his best result at Roland Garros in 2009 by making the quarter finals. He has not been in form ever since he made the final of the 2010 Australian Open. However, he made the 2009 Wimbledon semi finals as well, so he certainly knows how to turn his game on in the Grand Slams. Follow Murray’s progress right here at OnCourt Advantage.

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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