The 2012 US Open men’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 27 August at 11am local time in New York in the USA. In this post a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw will be provided, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and who the seeds are.
The official draw was held on Thursday 23 August at 12 noon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. There are 128 players in the draw divided up between 16 Qualifiers (Q), 8 Wild Cards (WC) and 104 Direct Acceptances. The cut-off date for entry was 16 July 2012. The US Open is a Grand Slam category tournament played on Deco Turf hard courts from August 27 to September 9.
Please leave a comment below this article regarding anything YOU would like to know about in tennis, have explained or suggest for me to write about here at OnCourt Advantage. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 12 hours to the New York local times listed below to work out the equivalent Singapore time for this daily 2012 US Open Order of Play. The full singles draw and the projected 3rd round match-ups for the seeds will be listed here-> The 2012 US Open Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
The Seeds: 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 seven main draw best of 5-set matches in a row. The seeds are selected solely according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 20 August 2012.
All of the 32 seeds are placed in preselected positions in the 128-player draw to guarantee that each of the seeds cannot meet another seed until the 3rd round. Therefore, the seeded players have the advantage of only playing against players in their first two rounds that are lower ranked players and outside of the highest 32 ranked players in the draw.
The Wild Cards: The eight wild cards were announced on 15 August and went to six Americans and the two reciprocal wild cards with Roland Garros (Frenchman Guillaume RUFIN) and the Australian Open (2001 US Open champion Australia’s Lleyton HEWITT). The Americans are: James BLAKE, Robby GINEPRI, Jack SOCK, Denis KUDLA, Steve JOHNSON and Dennis NOVIKOV.
The Qualifiers: The 128-player qualifying tournament began on Tuesday 21 August and runs through to Friday 24 August. The 16 players win their 3rd round of qualifying and therefore qualify for the main draw, OnCourt Advantage will list their names in this post-> US Open 2012 Men’s Singles: The Qualifiers.
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