The 2011 Miami Open men’s qualifying singles event begins on Monday 21 March at 11am local time. There are 48 players in the qualifying draw divided up between 5 Wild Cards (WC) and 43 Direct Acceptances vying for 12 spots in the main draw. The cut-off date for entry was 7 February 2011 and Frank Dancevic of Canada then ranked at No.202 was the last direct acceptance.
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 Miami is the Sony Ericsson Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. Miami is an ATP Masters 1000 category tournament played on Laykold Cushion Plus hard courts from March 21 to April 3.
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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 14 March 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 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.
Pictured above is 2010 Miami semi finalist Robin SODERLING right at the contact point for his best shot his forehand drive. The 26-year-old from Sweden lost to Tomas Berdych in the semi finals in 2010. Soderling 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 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 Wild Cards: The five wild cards into the qualifying event were awarded to-> 3 Americans Alexander DOMIJAN, Jordan COX and Jesse LEVINE, Chile’s Nicolas MASSU and Portugal’s Gastao ELIAS.
The draw for the 2011 Miami Open Men’s qualifying singles event is:
- Grigor DIMITROV (1) v Rik DE VOEST
- Nicolas MASSU (WC) v (14) Michal PRZYSIEZNY
- Rainer SCHUETTLER (2) v Bobby REYNOLDS
- Ivan NAVARRO v (24) Grega ZEMLJA
- (3) Robert KENDRICK v Franco SKUGOR
- Alexander DOMIJAN (WC) v (19) Julian REISTER
- Dudi SELA (4) v Tim SMYCZEK
- Flavio CIPOLLA v (16) Olivier ROCHUS
- Brian DABUL (5) v Frank DANCEVIC
- Donald YOUNG v (15) Arnaud CLEMENT
- Michael RUSSELL (6) v Stephane BOHLI
- Jordan COX (WC) v (21) Marinko MATOSEVIC
- Horacio ZEBALLOS (7) v Daniel MUNOZ-DE LA NAVA
- PaoloLORENZI v (18) Joao SOUZA
- Simone BOLELLI (8) v Izak VAN DER MERWE
- Jesse LEVINE (WC) v (20) Alex BOGOMOLOV JR.
- Illya MARCHENKO (9) v Robert FARAH
- Matthew EBDEN v (17) Marsel ILHAN
- Alejandro FALLA (10) v Paul CAPDEVILLE
- IgorSIJSLING v (13) Bjorn PHAU
- Igor KUNITSYN (11) v Carsten BALL
- Carlos SALAMANCA v (23) Eric PRODON
- Ryan SWEETING (12) v Juan Sebastian CABAL
- Gastao ELIAS (WC) v Lukas ROSOL (22)
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