The 2011 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s qualifying singles event begins on Monday 13 June at 11am local time in London. The qualifying event is scheduled to be completed on Thursday 16 June. The qualifying draw will be revealed tomorrow and the full draw will be listed below as it occurs.
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 tie break sets and the final set is an advantage set. In an advantage set, if the set score is tied at 6 games all the players continue to play until one player gains a 2 game advantage.
The exception to the above is the third and final round of qualifying because at Wimbledon, unlike any of the other three Grand Slam singles tournaments, the final round of qualifying is best-of-5 sets. All of the other Slams play best-of-3 sets in all 3 rounds of qualifying. At Wimbledon 2010 John Isner and Nicolas Mahut set a record score in the final advantage set, when Isner won by 70 games to 68!
At Wimbledon there are 16 spots in the main draw of the Gentlemen’s singles event allocated for qualifiers. The qualifiers have the opportunity to really improve their ranking because the Grand Slam tournaments offer the most ranking points. A qualifier earns 25 points more than a direct acceptance into the main singles draw does if they both lose in the 1st round.
Players who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying receive more ranking points than a direct acceptance who loses his 1st round match. The direct acceptance is awarded 10 ATP ranking points for losing in the 1st round of the main draw versus 14 points for the 3rd round loser in qualifying.
There are 128 spots in the qualifying draw of which 8 were wild cards (WC) and 120 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”.
The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies. A seeded player occupies one of every four spots in the draw. 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. All 32 seeds are just listed down the draw and the 32 seeds will be bolded in the draw below.
The players win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn 3,000 pounds (£) and 16 ATP ranking points. Players who win through to the 3rd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn £7,000 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.
Players who qualify for the main draw will earn a minimum of £11,250 and 35 ATP ranking points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw. Qualifiers receive 3.5 times the amount 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 16 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. The whole 32 seeds are just listed down the draw. The 32 seeds are bolded in the draw below.
Pictured above is Andy Murray as he prepares to play this forehand drive during the 2011 Queens Club tournament. The 24-year-old Murray achieved his best results at Wimbledon by making the semi finals for the past two years running. He had progressed one round further each year that he played Wimbledon except in 2010, so perhaps he will takes two steps further in 2011 and win THE CHAMPIONSHIPS!
The 1.9m Murray made the quarter finals in 2008. In 2007 he made the Round of 16 after reaching the 3rd round at his first Wimbledon in 2006. You would expect pretty much EVERY tennis fan in the United Kingdom would be hoping that he can improve again this year on his Grand Slam record at Wimbledon and overall. Murray has been a runner-up in three Grand Slam singles final to date.
The draw for the 2011 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s qualifying singles event is:
- Lukas ROSOL (1) versus David GOFFIN
- Facundo BAGNIS v Uladzimir IGNATIK
- Fernando ROMBOLI v Ivan NAVARRO
- Igor SIJSLING v (26) MartinKLIZAN
- LukaszKUBOT (2) v Nikola CIRIC
- Juan Sebastian CABAL v Kristijan MESAROS
- Rajeev RAM v Augustin GENSSE
- Charles-Antoine BREZAC v (24) Bobby REYNOLDS
- Rui MACHADO (3) v Robert FARAH
- Bernard TOMIC v Sebastian RIESCHICK
- Jene-Rene LISNARD v Victor ESTRELLA
- Franco SKUGOR v (21) Rogerio DUTRA DA SILVA
- Thomas SCHOOREL (4) v Peter POLANSKY
- Marek SEMJAN v Chris GUCCIONE
- Ivo KLEC v Guillaume RUFIN
- Alexander FLOCK v (30) Marinko MATOSEVIC
- Tatsuma ITO (5) v Ricardo HOCEVAR
- Jurgen ZOPP v Giovanni LAPENTTI
- Geroge MORGAN (WC) v (WC) Jamie BAKER
- Sergei BUBKA v (25) Andreas BECK
- Steve DARCIS (6) v Ilija BOZOLJAC
- Andrej MARTIN v Marco CHIUDINELLI
- Peter LUCZAK v Frederik NIELSEN
- Daniel SMETHURST (WC) v (17) Karol BECK
- Dustin BROWN (7) v Grega ZEMLJA
- Victor CRIVOI v Julio SILVA
- Adrian UNGUR v Amer DELIC
- Federico DEL BONIS v (32) Rik DE VOEST
- Marsel ILHAN (8) v Jerzy JANOWICZ
- Oliver GOLDING (WC) v (WC) Joshua MILTON
- Gianluca NASO v Alex KUZNETSOV
- Pavol CERVENAK v (27) Martin FISCHER
- Flavio CIPOLLA (9) v James LEMKE
- Benedikt DORSCH, Benedikt v Daniel MUNOZ-DE LA NAVA
- Roberto BAUTISTA-AGUT v Dusan LOJDA
- Liam BROADY (WC) v (31) Alessio DI MAURO
- Stephane ROBERT (10) v Frank DANCEVIC
- Carsten BALL v Danai UDOMCHOKE
- Andres MOLTENI v Gregoire BURQUIER
- Marco CRUGNOLA v (18) Izak VAN DER MERWE
- Paolo LORENZI (11) v Greg JONES
- Josselin OUANNA v Conor NILAND
- Nikola MEKTIC v Dominik MEFFERT
- Andrey KUZNETSOV v (22) Stephane BOHLI
- Marc GICQUEL (12) v Zack FLEISHMAN
- Bastian KNITTEL v (WC) Alex BOGDANOVIC
- Vasek POSPISIL v Jorge AGUILAR
- Antonio VEIC v (29) Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN
- Simone BOLELLI (13) v Amir WEINTRAUB
- Vincent MILLOT v Simon STADLER
- Kenny DE SCHEPPER v Adam KELLNER
- Matthew EBDEN v (23) Simon GREUL
- Ryan HARRISON (14) v (WC) Alexander WARD
- Joao SOUSA v Laurent ROCHETTE
- Cedrik-Marcel STEBE v Matteo VIOLA
- Bjorn PHAU v (28) Alexander KUDRYAVTSEV
- Ivo MINAR (15) v Leonardo MAYER
- Guillermo OLASO v Olivier PATIENCE
- Jesse WITTEN v Ruben BEMELMANS
- Yuichi SUGITA v (19) Daniel BRANDS
- Go SOEDA (16) v Lester COOK
- Marton FUCSOVICS (WC) v Jonathan EYSSERIC
- John MILLMAN v Fritz WOLMARANS
- Guillermo ALCAIDE v (20) Lukas LACKO
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