US Open 2009 Men’s Qualifying

The US Open Men’s Singles qualifying tournament is played at the same venue as the main event, unlike Wimbledon. The 128 players who did not have a high enough ranking to gain a Direct Acceptance into the main draw contest this knock-out tournament.

The other way of being able to contest in the qualifying event is if the United States Tennis Association (USTA) awards you a wild card into the qualifying event.

16 spots in the main draw of the US Open are allocated to qualifiers. The qualifiers then have the opportunity to really improve their ranking as the Grand Slam events offer the most ranking points in comparison to all of the other tournaments each year. The same is true in terms of the prize money that can be earned. Qualifiers are guaranteed 19,000 US dollars in prize money even if they lose their 1st round match.

Last year in the US Open Men’s Singles event the best performed qualifier was Gilles Muller of Luxembourg who had the tournament of his life including defeating No.5 seed Nikolay Davydenko to reach the quarter finals. Muller played close to Roger Federer before losing to the eventual champion 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

This year only 7 of the 32 seeded players in the qualies won through to the main draw, whilst 9 unseeded men qualified. The country that the player represents is in brackets next to his name.

The winners of “The Qualifying Round” were;

The Seeds: No.1 seed i.e. (1) Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil), (2) Horacio Zeballos (Argentina), (5) Josselin Ouanna (France), (10) Michael Berrer (Germany), (27) Carsten Ball (Australia), (31) Alejandro Falla (Columbia) and (32) Marco Chiudinelli (Switzerland).

Unseeded players: Michael Yani (USA), Marsel Ilhan (Turkey), Jesse Witten (USA), Dieter Kindlmann (Germany), Peter Polansky (Canada), Giovanni Lapentti (Ecuador), Donald Young (USA), Somdev Devvarman (India) and Juan Pablo Brzezicki (Argentina).

Pictured above is Davydenko showing a fantastically long extension of his racquet through his forehand drive. The No.8 seed in this years US Open receives very little fanfare or media attention despite having one of the best forehands in men’s tennis.

Davydenko has twice won through to the semi-finals at the US Open (2006 & 2007) and this year is seeded to meet Federer in the quarter finals.

Which Qualifier will win the most singles matches at the 2009 US Open? Can a qualifier make it to the quarter finals or beyond this year?

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further updates about the 2009 US Open singles events. Click this link to see an index of all 2009 US Open posts ->US Open 2009: Aug 25 – Sep 14.

Today’s POST is dedicated to Andy Roddick. Roddick was born on this day in 1982. The American has won 1 Grand Slam singles title thus far: the US Open in 2003. He first achieved his highest career ranking of No.1 on 3 November 2003.

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