The 2012 Roland Garros men’s qualifying singles event begins on Tuesday 22 May at 11am local time in Paris, France. In this post the full men’s qualifying singles draw will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about the qualifying, including how this draw works and how the ATP ranking points are allocated.
There are 128 players in the qualifying draw divided up between 8 Wild Cards (WC) and 120 Direct Acceptances vying for 16 spots in the singles main draw. There are 32 seeds in the qualifying draw that have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify, so only meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the final round that decides which 16 players qualify for the main singles draw.
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As soon as the qualifying draw is announced OnCourt Advantage will post the full qualifying singles draw here-> The 2012 Roland Garros Men’s Qualifying Singles Draw: 1st Round.
The cut-off date for acceptances into the 2012 Roland Garros qualifying singles draw was 9 April 2012, which means players were accepted into the qualifying draw according to their ranking on that day. To determine whom the 32 seeds are in the qualifying event, the rankings released on Monday 21 May 2012 were used to identify the seeds (and not the rankings on the cut-off date).
A seeded player occupies one of every four spots in the qualifying draw. 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. So it follows that 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.
All players must win three matches in a row in order to qualify. 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.
Each player that qualifies for the singles main draw earns 25 ATP ranking points and a minimum of € 18,000. If a qualifier loses in the 1st round of the main draw he earns 35 points (25+10), 25 points for qualifying plus the 10 main draw 1st round points. A player, who starts in the 1st round i.e. a direct acceptance or a wild card recipient, only receives 10 ranking points if he loses his 1st round match.
The players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive € 2,500 but do NOT receive any ranking points. Players that win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated; earn € 4,500 and 8 ATP ranking points. Players who win through to the 3rd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn € 9,000 and 16 ATP ranking points.
The qualifiers have the opportunity to really improve their ranking because the Grand Slam tournaments offer the most ranking points and in many ways it is better to compete in the qualifying than to be given a wild card into the main draw.
A qualifier earns the ranking points that are awarded for the round he makes it through to, plus his 25 points he earned for qualifying throughout the tournament. For example, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 45 points for making the 2nd round plus 25 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round earns 70 ranking points in total.
If a direct acceptance withdraws from the event, then a “Lucky Loser” i.e. a player who loses in the final round of qualifying will be awarded a place in the singles main draw. A Lucky Loser is a player who lost in the final round of qualifying and is selected to replace a main draw player in order of the highest ranking merit compared to other losers in the final round of qualifying. A Lucky Loser who loses in the 1st round of the main draw earns 16 points from the qualifying event in addition to the points allocated per round e.g. a 1st round loss by a Lucky Loser equals 16 plus 10, for a total of 26.
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