US Open 2010 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying

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The 2010 US Open men’s qualifying singles event begins today – Tuesday 24 August at 11am local time in New York. The qualifying event will be completed on Friday 27 August. The qualifying matches are best of 3 tie-break sets and NOT best of 5 sets like the main draw singles matches. The final set is NOT an advantage set so is decided by a tie-break at 6 games all, just like the final set in the main draw of this tournament.

There are 128 spots in the qualifying draw of which 9 were wild cards and 119 direct acceptances. There are 32 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 32 ranked players at the cut-off date are seeded to meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. A seeded player occupies one of every 4 spots in the draw. There are 32 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 32 ranked players at the cut-off date 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. At the US Open there are 16 spots in the main draw of the men’s singles event allocated for qualifiers. OCA will be following theUS Open including the qualifying results, so visit here regularly and ask any questions you would like to know about this tournament or anything about tennis.

There are 20 American men in the qualifying draw, 3 seeded players, 8 direct acceptances and 9 wild cards in a strong show of support by the USTA for local players. The 9 wild cards went to: current World No.804 Steve Johnson, No.641 Blake Strode, No.730 Jarmere Jenkins, No.538 Jordan Cox, No.573 Alexander Domijan, No.352 Greg Ouellette, No.950 Chase Buchanan, No.559 Andrea Collarini and No.1,181 Johannes Robert Van Overbeek.

The players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive 3,000 US dollars that win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn $5,625 and 16 ATP ranking points. Players who win through to the 3rd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn $8,000 and 24 ATP ranking points.

Both 2nd round and 3rd round losers in the qualifying receive more ranking points than a player who is directly accepted into the main draw and then loses his 1st round match (the direct acceptance would be awarded 10 ATP ranking points for losing in the 1st round of the main draw).

Players who qualify for the main draw will earn a minimum of $19,000 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 of points 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 32 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. All 32 seeds are just listed down the draw. The 32 seeds are bolded in the draw below.

Pictured above is 2009 US Open Men’s Singles Champion Juan Martin del Potro positioning himself in order to play this double handed backhand drive. The 21 year old from Argentina achieved his career high ranking of No.4 in January this year and did not play after the Australian Open that month.

Due to a right wrist injury that prevented him from playing the 1.98m del Potro decided to have surgery to fix the problem on May 4 this year. He has withdrawn from the US Open so cannot defend his title. Last year del Potro became the first player to defeat both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in a Grand Slam singles event. We look forward to him returning to the ATP Tour.

The draw for the 2010 US Open Men’s qualifying singles event is:

  1. (1) Marsel Ilhan versus Bernard Tomic
  2. Steve Johnson v. Noam Okun
  3. Alex Bogdanovic v. Blake Strode
  4. Juan Pablo Brzezicki v. (23) Ivan Dodig
  5. (2) Go Soeda v. Yuichi Sugita
  6. Facundo Bagnis v. Jesse Witten
  7. Attila Balazs v. Matteo Viola
  8. Lukas Rosol v. (28) Rajeev Ram
  9. (3) Karol Beck v. Marinko Matosevic
  10. John Millman v. Evgeny Kirillov
  11. Santiago Gonzalez v. Peter Polansky
  12. Franco Skugor v. (18) Carlos Salamanca
  13. (4) Edouard Roger-Vasselin v. Greg Jones
  14. Daniel King-Turner v. Dusan Lojda
  15. Andre Begemann v. Robert Farah
  16. Jarmere Jenkins v. (17) Josselin Ouanna
  17. (5) Simone Bolelli v. Andreas Haider-Maurer
  18. Jerzy Janowicz v. Frederik Nielsen
  19. Alex Kuznetsov v. Flavio Cipolla
  20. Benjamin Balleret v. (21) Daniel Munoz-De La Nava
  21. (6) Grega Zemlja v. Julio Silva
  22. Alexandre Sidorenko v. Reda El Amrani
  23. Matthew Ebden v. Nicolas Mahut
  24. Jordan Cox v. (29) Uladzimir Ignatik
  25. (7) Adrian Ungur v. Simone Vagnozzi
  26. Ivan Sergeyev v. Vincent Millot
  27. Pedro Clar-Rossello v. Daniele Giorgini
  28. Martin Klizan v. (30) Izak Van Der Merwe
  29. (8) David Guez v. Sergei Bubka
  30. Harel Levy v. Lester Cook
  31. Niels Desein v. Alex Bogmolov Jnr.
  32. Milos Raonic v. (31) Mischa Zverev
  33. (9) Ricardas Berankis v. Juan Sebastian Cabal
  34. Bastian Knittel v. Alexander Domijan
  35. Jesse Levine v. Caio Zampieri
  36. Brydan Klein v. (25) Kevin Kim
  37. (10) Rui Machado v. Nick Lindahl
  38. Ryan Harrison v. Jonathan Dasnieres De Veigy
  39. Ricardo Hocevar v. Greg Ouellette
  40. David Marrero v. (27) Conor Niland
  41. (11) Federico Del Bonis v. Chase Buchanan
  42. Tatsuma Ito v. Andrea Collarini
  43. Nikola Mektic v. Johannes Robert Van Overbeek
  44. Matwe Middelkoop v. (22) Robert Kendrick
  45. (12) Stephane Bohli v. Evgeny Donskoy
  46. Frank Dancevic v. Ivo Minar
  47. Yannick Mertens v. Alexandre Kudryavtsev
  48. Paul Capdeville v. (24) Kei Nishikori
  49. (13) Martin Fischer v. Michael Lammer
  50. Jan Hernych v. Ricardo Ghedin
  51. Chris Guccione v. Bobby Reynolds
  52. Dieter Kindlmann v. (26) Adrian Mannarino
  53. (14) Ilija Bozoljac v. Olivier Patience
  54. Leonardo Tavares v. Guillermo Alcaide
  55. Rik De Voest v. Antonio Veic
  56. Giovanni Lapentti v. (19) Stefan Koubek
  57. (15) Ramon Delgado v. Alexander Peya
  58. Igor Sijsling v. Charles-Antoine Brezac
  59. Jaroslav Pospisil v. Filip Krajinovic
  60. Simon Stadler v. (32) Benoit Paire
  61. (16) Joao Souza v. Jamie Baker
  62. Marc Gicquel v. Adrian Menendez-Maceiras
  63. Amer Delic v. Michael Yani
  64. Ruben Bemelmans v. (20) Thiago Alves

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