The 2013 Wimbledon men’s qualifying singles event begins on Monday 17 June and runs for four straight days with play commencing at 11am (local time) each day. OnCourt Advantage provides some interesting facts about the men’s qualifying draw below.
The great news is YOU can attend the entire qualifying event without having to pay for a ticket. Yes, it is free entry for the entire qualifying event so don’t miss it! The qualifying event has always been free entry. One important fact, Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament where the qualifying event is NOT held at the same venue as the main draw is held.
The qualifying is held on the 16 grass courts in the Bank of England Sports Centre, Priory Lane Roehampton, London SW15 5JQ. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 7 hours from the local time in London. As soon as the qualifying draw is announced on Sunday 16 June it will be covered and listed in Wimbledon 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying 1st Round.
The Wimbledon qualifying singles event is a 128-player draw divided up between 9 Wild Cards [WC] and 119 Direct Acceptances in an elimination format with 16 spots allocated to qualifiers. To qualify a player needs to progress through three rounds in a row, the first two rounds of are best-of-3 sets and the final round being best-of-5 sets just like all the main draw matches.
On Day 1 half of the 1st round matches (32) are scheduled and on Day 2 the remaining 32 1st round matches and on Day 3 the 32 2nd round matches. Day 4 switches to the longer 5-set format as mentioned with just the final 16 matches to be played, which decide who qualifies.
The men’s qualifying draw has 128 spots as compared to the women’s qualifying that has 96 spots. There are more men’s qualifying matches to be played (112 versus 84), which is why the men’s qualifying begins a day earlier. The men’s main draw allocates more spots to qualifiers i.e. 16 as compared to the 12 women who earn entry into the women’s main draw.
Pictured above after making contact with the ball for this backhand volley is the 2.03m Jerzy JANOWICZ playing a single-handed backhand slice late last year. Janowicz was the second best performed qualifier at Wimbledon last year by reaching the third round also his career-first Grand Slam main draw matches.
Janowicz will be one of the seeded players in the main draw this year after setting a career-high rank to date of No.22. The 22-year-old from Poland defeated 5-straight Top 20 players to be a finalist at the Paris Masters 1000 in his first Masters main draw, so is clearly a player to watch!
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