The 2012 Miami Open men’s qualifying singles event begins on Monday 19 March at 10am local time in Miami, Florida. In this post the full men’s qualifying singles draw will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about the qualifying, including how this draw works and how the ATP ranking points are allocated. The tickets to the qualifying range from 7 to 13 US dollars per day.
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 singles main draw. There are 24 seeds in the qualifying draw that have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify, so only meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the final round that decides which 12 players qualify for the main singles draw.
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2011 Miami quarter finalist Gilles SIMON is pictured above playing a single-handed backhand volley in Miami last year. The 27-year-old Frenchman made the Indian Wells quarter finals last week and the Cincinnati quarter finals in 2011. The 1.83m Simon has performed best on the hard courts in America for the past three American Masters 1000 tournaments making his only three Masters 1000 quarter finals from his past 17 Masters 1000 events.
The former World No.6 achieved his best Masters 1000 results in 2008 when he was runner-up in Madrid on indoor hard courts and a semi finalist on the hard courts at the Canadian Open. The current No.13 had his best year on tour last year since 2008, which was when he qualified for the year-end ATP Tour Finals by winning two tournaments the 2011 Sydney International and Hamburg. The 2009 Australian Open quarter finalist has moved up and hovered just outside the Top 10 for the past 8 months, threatening to return for the first time since October 2009.
The cut-off date for acceptances into the 2012 Miami Open qualifying singles draw was 8 February 2012, which means players were accepted into the qualifying draw according to their ranking on that day. To determine whom the 24 seeds are in the qualifying event, the rankings released on Monday 19 March 2012 will be used to identify the seeds (and not the rankings at the time of qualifying on February 8th).
A seeded player occupies one of every two spots in the qualifying draw. 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 seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event like they do in the singles main draw. All players must win two best-of-three tiebreak set matches in a row in order to qualify.
Each player that qualifies for the singles main draw earns 16 ATP ranking points. If a qualifier loses in the 1st round of the main draw he earns 26 points (16+10), 16 points for qualifying plus the ten main draw 1st round points. A player who starts in the 1st round i.e. a direct acceptance or a wild card recipient, does not earn any ranking points if he loses his 1st round match.
A qualifier earns the ranking points that are awarded for the round he makes it through to, plus his 16 points he earned for qualifying throughout the tournament. For example, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 25 points for making the 2nd round plus 16 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round earns 41 ranking points in total.
If a direct acceptance withdraws from the event, then a “Lucky Loser” i.e. a player who loses in the final round of qualifying will be awarded a place in the singles main draw. A Lucky Loser who loses in the 1st round of the main draw earns 8 points from the qualifying event in addition to the points allocated per round e.g. a 1st round loss by a Lucky Loser equals 8 plus 10, for a total of 18.
The 2012 Miami Open Men’s qualifying singles draw is:
- Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN (1) v Alexander KUDRYAVTSEV
- James WARD v (24) Andrey GOLUBEV
- Tobias KAMKE (2) v Julio SILVA
- Antonio VEIC v (21) Grega ZEMLJA
- Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ (3) v Matteo VIOLA
- Simone VAGNOZZI v (13) Bobby REYNOLDS
- Matthias BACHINGER (4) v Ruben BEMELMANS
- Rajeev RAM v (ALT) Mikhail ELGIN replaced (23) Teymuraz Gabashvili
- Benoit PAIRE (5) v Alex KUZNETSOV
- David GOFFIN v (17) Jurgen ZOPP
- Paolo LORENZI (6) v Arnau BRUGUES-DAVI
- Roberto BAUTISTA-AGUT v (15) Rik DE VOEST
- Eric PRODON (7) v Facundo BAGNIS
- Guillaume RUFIN v (13) Horacio ZEBALLOS
- Igor ANDREEV (8) v Arnaud CLEMENT
- Gastao ELIAS (WC) v (22) Paul CAPDEVILLE
- Wayne Odesnik (9) replaced by Victor ESTRELLA (ALT) v Yuichi SUGITA
- Frank DANCEVIC v (16) Ricardo MELLO
- Marsel ILHAN (10) v (WC) Marco CHIUDINELLI
- Sergei BUBKA (WC) v (14) Rogerio DUTRA SILVA
- Simone BOLELLI (11) v Amer DELIC
- Florent SERRA v (19) Thomas SCHOOREL
- Bjorn PHAU (12) v (WC) Daniel EVANS
- Tim SMYCZEK (WC) v (20) Michael RUSSELL
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