The 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open men’s qualifying singles event begins today – Saturday 8 May at 12 noon local time in Madrid. The qualifying event will be completed on Sunday 9 May with play beginning at 12 noon on the 2nd and final day of the qualifying event. There are 28 spots in the qualifying draw and it is divided up between 4 Wild Cards (WC) and 24 Direct Acceptances.
There are 14 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 14 ranked players 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. In Madrid there are 7 spots in the main draw of the men’s singles event allocated for qualifiers.
As mentioned in our Madrid Men’s Schedule of Play, the players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying earn 1,200 Euros and DO NOT earn any ATP ranking points. The players win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn 2,400 Euros 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 9,150 Euros and 35 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.
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.
Spaniards Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Ivan Navarro were both Lucky Losers in Madrid last year. That means they were the 2 highest ranked players to lose in the 2nd round of qualifying and still gained entry into the singles main draw because 2 main draw players withdrew with injuries.
Both Garcia-Lopez and Navarro lost in the 1st round of the singles main draw. They were both awarded 24 ATP ranking points. Even the 2nd round losers in the qualifying event earn 16 ATP ranking points. 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 7 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 14 seeds are just listed down the draw. The players seeded to earn those 7 qualifying spots are highlighted below.
The draw for the 2010 men’s qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Juan Ignacio Chela versus Jorge Aguilar
- Flavio Cipolla versus (13) Ilija Bozoljac
- (2) Eduardo Schwank versus Guillermo Alcaide
- (WC) Daniel Munoz-De La Nava versus (14) Joao Souza
- (3) Santiago Giraldo versus Alexandre Sidorenko
Nicolas Kiefer versus (12) Filippo Volandri
- (4) Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jnr versus (WC) Adrian Menendez-Maceiras
- (WC) Carlos Gomez-Herrera versus (8) Mardy Fish
- (5) Alejandro Falla versus Christophe Rochus
- Gabriel Trujillo-Soler versus (10) Oscar Hernandez
- (6) Michael Russell versus Benjamin Balleret
- Sebastien De Chaunac versus (9) Daniel Gimeno-Traver
- (7) Kevin Anderson versus (WC) Alvaro Cajigal
- Alex Bogomolov Jnr versus (11) Ivan Navarro
Just in case it was not clear…each group of 2 matches (as you run down the draw), will be the players who meet each other in the next round. So, the winner of Chela & Aguilar will play the winner of Cipolla & Bozoljac for a spot in the main draw and in order it follows, so that the winner of Schwank & Alcaide will play the winner of Munoz-De La Nava & Souza etc.
All 4 players who received a wild card into the men’s qualifying singles event were Spanish in strong show of support by the Real Federacion Espanola de tenis (Spanish Tennis Federation). Munoz-De La Nava, Menendez-Maceiras, Gomez-Herrera & Cajigal are the 4 Spanish wild cards.
Another 5 Spanish men were directly accepted into the qualifying draw to make 9 Spaniards in the 28 player draw. They are Alcaide, Trujillo-Soler, Hernandez, Gimeno-Traver & Navarro. The last direct acceptance into the qualifying event was Gabriel Trujillo-Soler at World No.258.
Pictured above is Juan Martin del Potro moments before making contact with the ball with his forehand drive. The 21 year old 2009 US Open singles champion made the semi finals in both Madrid and the French Open in 2009 losing to Roger Federer on both occasions. This year he has not played since the Australian Open and will not be playing in Madrid or any tournaments for some time.
The 1.98m Del Potro had right wrist surgery on Tuesday 4 May. His statement read, “As you will all understand, this is not a happy moment in my life. But I’m used to battling through adversity and I have the strength to come through this. The recovery time will be lengthy, but it depends on many factors that today I can’t assess because it’s too soon.” Let’s hope is back and better than ever as soon as possible.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Madrid for bothe the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details including the Schedule of Play -> Madrid 2010: May 7 – 16.
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