The 2011 Miami Open men’s qualifying singles event began on Monday 21 March and was completed on Tuesday 22 March just moments ago. The qualifying began with 48 players battling for the 12 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event.
The official tournament name of Miami is the Sony Ericsson Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. To qualify for the main draw you must win 2 matches in a row in the qualifying event in the best-of-3 sets format. Of the 24 seeds in the qualifying 8 of them were defeated in the first round of qualifying, leaving the other 16 seeds amongst the 24 players 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 the Qualifying Round 6 of the Top 12 seeds that were expected to qualify won through to the main draw. A further 3 seeds from the 12 seeds ranging from 13-24 qualified, No.16 seed Olivier ROCHUS, No.17 seed Marsel ILHAN and No.20 Alex BOGOMOLOV JNR.
Three unseeded players qualified including American Donald YOUNG, Paolo LORENZI and Paul CAPDEVILLE. The only wild card to make it into the qualifying round was former World No.9 and Olympic singles gold medallist Nicolas MASSU. The highest ranked player to lose in the qualifying round was No.8 seed Simone Bolelli, which means he will be the first player selected to take a Lucky Loser spot in the main draw if any player withdraws before his 1st round match.
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Pictured above is 2010 Miami quarter finalist Nicolas ALMAGRO just as he is set up to drive the racquet towards the ball for this forehand drive. The 25-year-old from Spain as the No.33 seed lost to eventual champion Andy Roddick in 2010 after received a seeding due to a late withdrawal. A year later and the 1.83m Almagro is ranked No.12 and is seeded No.11 due to the withdrawal of World No.11 Gael Monfils. The Spaniard achieved his best result in a Masters 1000 singles event by making the semi finals at Madrid on clay last year.
Almagro achieved his career high ranking of No.11 on 7 July 2008 and has a great chance to set a new career best in the coming weeks. Almagro achieved his best Grand Slam singles results to date by being a quarter finalist at Roland Garros twice in 2008 and 2010. Almagro has won 9 ATP singles titles in his career all on clay courts including two this year at Buenos Aires and Costa Do Sauipe.
Any player whose name is italicised, has his first name removed and has his surname in lower case letters is a seeded player who was expected to win through to qualify for the main draw. The names that are bolded and listed first are those who successfully qualified and gained entry into the main draw.
To see the FULL 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play, prize money and ATP ranking points earned per round plus more details about the qualifying event click-> Miami 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play.
The 2011 Indian Wells Open Men’s 2nd or final round of qualifying singles results are:
- (1) Grigor DIMITROV defeated (WC) Nicolas MASSU (14) Przysiezny
- (2) Rainer SCHUETTLER def. (24) Grega ZEMLJA
- (3) Robert KENDRICK def. (19) Julian REISTER
- (16) Olivier ROCHUS def. Tim SMYCZEK (4) Sela
- (15) Clement Donald YOUNG def. Frank DANCEVIC (5) Dabul
- (6) Michael RUSSELL def. (21) Marinko MATOSEVIC
- (18) Souza Paolo LORENZI def. Daniel MUNOZ-DE LA NAVA (7) Zeballos
- (20) Alex BOGOMOLOV JR. def. (8) Simone BOLELLI
- (17) Marsel ILHAN def. Robert FARAH (9) Marchenko
- (10) Falla Paul CAPDEVILLE def. (13) Bjorn PHAU
- (11) Igor KUNITSYN def. (23) Eric PRODON
- (12) Ryan SWEETING def. (22) Lukas ROSOL
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photo credit: Christian Mesiano