The 2011 Indian Wells Open men’s qualifying singles event begins on Tuesday 8 March at 10am local time. There are 48 players in the qualifying draw divided up between 5 Wild Cards (WC), 1 Alternate (ALT) and 42 Direct Acceptances vying for 12 spots in the main draw.
In this post the full men’s qualifying singles draw will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about the qualifying. The official tournament name of Indian Wells is the BNP Paribas Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. Indian Wells is an ATP Masters 1000 category tournament played on Deco Turf II hard courts from March 8 to 20.
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A qualifier earns 16 points for qualifying plus 10 1st round points for a total of 26 points if he loses in the 1st round. In comparison a 1st round loser who was a direct acceptance is awarded only 10 ATP ranking points. In fact a qualifier earns the ranking points that are awarded for the round he makes it too plus his 16 points he earned for qualifying throughout the tournament.
A qualifier who loses in the 3rd round earns 45 points for the amount allocated by round PLUS his 16 points for qualifying. Therefore, a qualifier who loses in the 3rd round earns 61 ranking points in total. 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 seeding will be done according to the ATP rankings as at 28 February and a seeded player occupies one of every 2 spots in the qualifying draw. The “Qualifying Round” is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies. 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 and all 24 seeds are just listed down the draw.
To see the FULL 2011 Indian Wells Men’s Schedule of Play, prize money and ATP ranking points earned per round plus more details about the qualifying event click-> Indian Wells 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play.
Pictured above is 2010 Indian Wells semi finalist Robin SODERLING during his service action at the 2010 Australian Open. The 26-year-old from Sweden achieved his career high ranking of No.4 on 15 November 2010 after winning his first ATP Tour Masters 1000 singles title at the Paris Open. The current No.4 has an 18 wins to 1 loss record in 2011 so will be riding in on a high for this event.
The 1.93m Soderling achieved his best Grand Slam singles results to date by being the runner-up at Roland Garros for the past two years. In 2009 Soderling lost to Roger Federer in the final and in 2010 he lost to Rafael Nadal. Soderling had won 6 ATP singles titles in his career through to the end of 2010. In 2011 Soderling has already won 3 ATP singles titles – Brisbane, Rotterdam and Marseille.
The draw for the 2011 Indian Wells Open Men’s qualifying singles event is:
- Daniel BRANDS (1) v Scott LIPSKY
- Rohan BOPANNA (ALT) v (21) Peter POLANSKY
- Somdev DEVVARMAN (2) v Michael MCCLUNE
- Greg JONES v (19) Stefan KOUBEK
- Robert KENDRICK (3) v Sebastian DECOUD
- Daniel KOSAKOWSKI (WC) v (14) Tim SMYCZEK
- Michael RUSSELL (4) v Ivo KLEC
- Roman BORVANOV v (18) Alex KUZNETSOV
- Ryan SWEETING (WC) (5) v Samuel GROTH
- Eric NUNEZ v (23) Jesse WITTEN
- Julian REISTER (6) v Luka GREGORC
- Phillip SIMMONDS v (15) Flavio CIPOLLA
- Alex BOGOMOLOV JR (7) v Stefano IANNI
- Steve Johnson (WC) v (20) Frank DANCEVIC
- Marinko MATOSEVIC (8) v Dusan VEMIC
- Raven KLAASEN v (22) Matteo VIOLA
- Donald YOUNG (9) v (WC) Denis KUDLA
- Rudolf SIWY (WC) v (24) Rajeev RAM
- Daniel MUNOZ-DE LA NAVA (10) v Olivier SAJOUS
- Chris GUCCIONE v (16) Ivan NAVARRO
- Izak VAN DER MERWE (11) v Jimmy WANG
- Oliver MARACH v (17) Matthew EBDEN
- Bobby REYNOLDS (12) v Lester COOK
- Greg OUELLETTE v (13) Rik DE VOEST
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