The 2013 Roland Garros main draw women’s singles matches will begin on Sunday 26 May at 11am local time in Paris, France. Below OnCourt Advantage provides a number of interesting facts about the women’s singles main draw, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.
The official Roland Garros main draw ceremony is being held on Friday 24 May at 11:30am. The full list of the women’s singles draw will be added here-> Roland Garros 2013 Women’s Singles Draw: 1st Round as it happens. To watch Roland Garros tennis in Singapore add 6 hours to the local time in Paris to get the equivalent Singapore time.
The women’s singles draw has a 128-player draw consisting of 12 Qualifiers, 8 Wildcards and 108 Direct Acceptances of whom 32 become The Seeds. The direct acceptances are the highest 108 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete. The cut-off date is six weeks prior to the main draw commencing i.e. 15 April 2013.
When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from Roland Garros after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the draw is awarded to a lucky loser.
Any player that loses in the final round of qualifying and then signs-in for the singles main draw is eligible to receive a lucky loser spot into the main draw. The lucky loser spots are awarded in order of highest ranked player to the lowest, hence the term, despite losing they are lucky to still compete in the main draw.
A seeding is allocated to the 32 highest ranked players according to the latest WTA rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 20 May 2013. There are 32 seeded players in a 128-player sized draw and they are separated in the draw so that they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents (unseeded players), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.
If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 33rd highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 34th player and so on.
The seeded players do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of a Grand Slam event. To win the title any player must win 7 main draw best of 3-set matches in a row. Full details about who the seeds will be and what number each player is seeded BEFORE it is even officially announced will be covered here-> Roland Garros 2013 Women’s Seeds.
All of the 8 wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Monday 20 May as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day. The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.
The wildcards are selected by the French Tennis Federation, who usually select six French players. The final two wildcards go to an American and an Australian due to a reciprocal wildcard arrangement between the US Open, Australian Open and Roland Garros.
Full details about the latest announcements and who each wildcard recipient is, will be covered here-> Roland Garros 2013 Women’s Wildcards.
The 96-player qualifying tournament will begin on Tuesday 21 May and run through to Friday 24 May.
Full details about how the qualifying draw works, who the 24 seeds and 8 wildcards are, what prize money and ranking points qualifying players earn is covered here-> Roland Garros 2013 Women’s Singles Draw: Qualifying.
The full list of the women’s qualifying singles draw will be added here-> Roland Garros 2013 Women’s Singles Draw: Qualifying 1st Round as it happens.
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First published 17 March 2013