Indian Wells 2012 Men’s Singles Draw

Novak Djokovic at the ATP Tour Finals in London
Defending and dual Indian Wells champion Novak DJOKOVIC won 8 major singles titles in 2011: 5 ATP Masters 1000 and 3 Grand Slams. How many will he serve up in 2012?

The 2012 Indian Wells Open men’s main draw singles matches begin on Thursday 8 March at 10am local time in the Southern California Desert 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 is being held on Tuesday 6 March at 1pm on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Stage. There are 96 players in the draw divided up between 12 Qualifiers (Q), 5 Wild Cards (WC) and 79 Direct Acceptances of which the Top 32 ranked players will be the 32 seeds. The cut-off date for entry was 23 January 2012 and Cedrik-Marcel STEBE of Germany with a ranking of No.83 that week was the last direct acceptance.

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Indian Wells is an ATP Tour Masters 1000 category tournament played on Plexipave hard courts from March 6 to 18. The official tournament name is the BNP Paribas Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. As soon as it is drawn OnCourt Advantage will add the names into the projected 3rd round match-ups for the seeds and post the full singles main draw here-> The 2012 Indian Wells Open Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.

The Seeds: In a 128-player sized draw there are 32 seeded players in order to keep the 1 seed for each 4 spots in the draw ratio according to tournament draw rules. Indian Wells has a 96-player draw so the seeds all receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 32 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round. Only the 64 players who are unseeded play in the first round and the 32 winners of the first round take on the 32 seeds in the 2nd round.

The seeds are selected according to the latest ATP rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 5 March 2012. The Top 32 ranked players in the draw at that date become the Top 32 seeds; therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced.

The 2012 Indian Wells Open men’s singles seeds are:

  • Seeds 1-8: 1-Novak DJOKOVIC, 2-Rafael NADAL, 3-Roger FEDERER, 4-Andy MURRAY, 5-David FERRER, 6-Jo-Wilfried TSONGA, 7-Tomas BERDYCH, 8-Mardy FISH;
  • Seeds 9-16: 9-Juan Martin DEL POTRO, 10-Janko TIPSAREVIC, 11-John ISNER, 12-Nicolas ALMAGRO, 13-Gilles SIMON, 14-Gael MONFILS, 15-Feliciano LOPEZ, 16-Richard GASQUET;
  • Seeds 17-24: 17-Kei NISHIKORI, 18-Florian MAYER, 19-Fernando VERDASCO, 20-Jurgen MELZER, 21-Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV, 22-Juan MONACO, 23-Stanislas WAWRINKA, 24-Marin CILIC; and
  • Seeds 25-32: 25-Viktor TROICKI, 26-Marcel GRANOLLERS, 27-Milos RAONIC, 28-Radek STEPANEK, 29-Robin SODERLING, 30-Kevin ANDERSON, 31-Andy RODDICK, 32-Juan Igancio CHELA.

If any of the seeded players withdraw before taking the court for their first match I will update the seeded players list above straight away. That seed would be replaced by the next highest ranked direct acceptance i.e. Julien BENNETEAU as the World No.33. If any further seeds are unable to play this compulsory major tournaments No.34 Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER becomes a seed, followed by No.35 Mikhail YOUZHNY then No.36 Bernard TOMIC.

The Wild Cards: The 5 wild cards were announced on Wednesday 29 February and went to Argentinean David NALBANDIAN and four Americans Sam QUERREY, Robby GINEPRI, Jack SOCK and Denis KUDLA. Update: six direct acceptances were unable to play Indian Wells, so Nalbandian’s ranking allowed him to move into the main draw without needing a wild card. Therefore, a fifth American Jesse LEVINE was then awarded the available wild card.

The Qualifiers: The 48-player qualifying tournament begins on Tuesday 6 March and concludes on Wednesday 7 March. As soon as each of the 12 players win their 2nd round of qualifying and therefore qualify for the main draw, OnCourt Advantage will list their names here-> …

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  1. What happened to Juan Carlos Ferrero? Despite not getting out of the first round in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires or Acapulco, his last blog made it seem like he was ready to go for Indian Wells. Maybe I missed something in the translation. I don’t see him anywhere in the main draw. Do you have any news on his situation?

  2. Is there a way to know what day each seeded men’s player will play? I am trying to buy tickets for day and night of the first match of Rafael Nadal but am unsure if I should by Thursday or Friday matches.

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