The 2012 Miami Open men’s main draw singles matches begin on Wednesday 21 March at 11am local time at the at the Tennis Centre at Crandon Park in the Miami-Dade County, in Florida, 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 Monday 19 March at the Entertainment Stage at 12 noon. There are 96 players in the draw divided up between 12 Qualifiers (Q), 5 Wild Cards (WC), 1 Special Exempt (SE) and 78 Direct Acceptances of which the Top 32 ranked players will be the 32 seeds. The cut-off date for entry was 8 February 2012 and Frederico GIL of Portugal with a ranking of No.87 that week was the last direct acceptance.
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Miami is an ATP Tour Masters 1000 category tournament played on Laykold Cushion Plus hard courts from March 19 to April 1. The official tournament name is the Sony Ericsson 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 Miami Open Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
Dual and defending Miami champion Novak DJOKOVIC won 10 singles titles in 2011, 5 Masters 1000, 3 Grand Slams, Dubai and his hometown event in Belgrade. The 16-time Grand Slam singles champion is pictured above executing his single-handed backhand in Miami. The 24-year-old Serbian earned the World No.1 ranking for the first time in 2011 and had one of the most dominant seasons by recording 70 wins and just 6 losses on tour for the year.
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. Miami 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 19 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 Miami 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-Janko TIPSAREVIC, 10-John ISNER, 11-Juan Martin del Potro, 12-Nicolas ALMAGRO, 13-Gilles SIMON, 14-Gael MONFILS, 15-Feliciano LOPEZ, 16-Kei NISHIKORI;
- Seeds 17-24: 17-Richard GASQUET, 18-Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV, 19-Florian MAYER, 20-Fernando VERDASCO, 21-Juan MONACO, 22-Jurgen MELZER, 23-Marin CILIC, 24-Marcel GRANOLLERS; and
- Seeds 25-32: 25-Radek STEPANEK, 26-Milos RAONIC, 27-Viktor TROICKI, 28-Kevin ANDERSON, 29-Juan Igancio CHELA, 30-Julien BENNETEAU, 31-Andy RODDICK, 32-Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER.
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. Bernard TOMIC as the World No.36.
If any further seeds are unable to play this compulsory major tournament No.37 Carlos BERLOCQ becomes a seed. No.29 Stanislas Wawrinka, No.30 Robin Soderling and No.31 Mikhail Youzhny are unable to compete due to injury, which is the reason why No.36 and not No.33 is the first player in line to take the No.32 seeding and not No.33.
The Wild Cards: Two of the five men’s wild cards have been announced so far: David NALBANDIAN of Argentina and Fernando GONZALEZ in his final tournament before retiring. As soon as any further wild cards are announced OnCourt Advantage will list them here-> Three Americans Jesse LEVINE, Ryan HARRISON and Denis KUDLA. In addition, Australian Marinko MATOSEVIC received the wild card no longer required by NALBANDIAN after he moved to No.50 to go inside the cut-off this week due to making the Indian Wells quarter finals.
The Qualifiers: The 48-player qualifying tournament begins on Monday 19 March and concludes on Tuesday 20 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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