photo credit:Keith Allison
The 2010 Canadian Open men’s qualifying singles event begins today – Saturday 7 August at 10am local time in Toronto. The qualifying event will be completed on Sunday 8 August. The qualifying matches are best of 3 tie-break sets. The final set is NOT an advantage set so is decided by a tie-break at 6 games all, just like the final set at the US Open tournament is.
There are 24 spots in the qualifying draw of which 4 were wild cards and 18 direct acceptances. The other 2 spots in the qualifying draw went to Alternates (ALT), which means that 2 players who were directly accepted into the qualifying have withdrawn. The 2 Alternate positions go to the 2 highest ranked players who are at the venue and sign-in for an alternate position. Often these spots go to locals who are on at the tournament site already. This is because players do not fly from around the world to the tournament when they did not make the initial cut-off into that particular tournament.
The last direct acceptance into the qualifying draw was Ivo Klec of Slovakia who was ranked at No.284 at the cut-off date. A seeded player occupies one of every 2 spots in the draw. There are 24 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 24 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 Canadian Open or Rogers Cup in Toronto there are 12 spots in the main draw of the men’s singles event allocated for qualifiers. OCA We will be following the Canadian 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 6 Canadian men in the qualifying draw, 4 of them received wild cards in a strong show of support by Tennis Canada for local players. The 4 wild cards went to: World No.544 Steven Diez, No.597 Erik Chvojka and 2 unranked players Pavel Krainik and 19 year old Zachary White. The remaining 2 Canadian men took Alternate spots and they were No.331 Vasek Pospisil and No.380 Philip Bester.
A direct acceptance who loses in the 1st round receives 10 ATP ranking points. This is despite the fact that the tournament states that a qualifier who loses in the 1st round will be awarded 25 ATP ranking points when in actual fact, they have been awarded 35 points in their current rankings.
The players, who lose in the 1st round of qualifying earn 1,000 US dollars and DO NOT receive any ATP ranking points. The players who win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn 2,000 US dollars and 16 ATP ranking points, which is more than a player receives 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 8,500 US dollars and 25 ATP ranking points for winning through the qualifying singles event into the main singles draw, PLUS a further 10 ATP ranking points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw. That means they received 3.5 times the amount that a direct acceptance receives when he loses his 1st round match, as the direct acceptance earns 10 ATP ranking point for a 1st round loss. 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 2 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 12 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 12 seeds are just listed down the draw. The 12 seeds are bolded in the draw below.
Pictured above is Andy Roddick right near the contact point between the ball and his racquet for this double handed backhand ground stroke. The 27 year old American made the semi finals in Canada last year in what was his best result in Canada since making the final for 3 years in a row from 2002 to 2004. The 1.88m Roddick won his maiden Canadian Open singles title in 2003.
Roddick is a former World No.1 and 2003 US Open singles champion. He is the only American ranked in the Top 10 and will be looking to continue his great form in ATP Tour Masters 1000 hard court tournaments this year. Roddick won the 2010 Miami Open and was a runner-up at the 2010 Indian Wells Open.
The draw for the 2010 Canadian Open Men’s qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Andrey Golubev versus Tim Smyczek
- Ivo Klec v. (10) Kevin Anderson
- (2) Lu Yen-Hsun v. Ilija Bozoljac
- Marius Copil v. (11) Michal Przysiezny
- (3) Denis Istomin v. Ramon Delgado
- (WC) Pavel Krainik v. (14) Somdev Devvarman
- (4) Jarkko Nieminen v. Grega Zemlja
- (WC) Zachary White v. (13) Paul-Henri Mathieu
- (5) Marco Chiudinelli v. Carlos Salamanca
- ALT Vasek Pospisil v. (8) Illya Marchenko
- (6) Florent Serra v. ALT Philip Bester
- (WC) Steven Diez v. (9) Michael Russell
- (7) Arnaud Clement v. Michael Yani
- (WC) Erik Chvojka v. (12) Fabio Fognini
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about the 2010 Canadian singles events. Click this link for more details including both of the schedules of play -> Canada 2010: August 7-22.
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