Miami 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying

The 2013 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 are 9 US dollars on the first day of qualifying and 15 on the second day.

As soon as the qualifying draw is announced on Sunday 17 March it will be added right here-> Miami 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying 1st Round. 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.

To watch the tennis in Singapore you need to add 12 hours to the local time in Miami to work out the equivalent Singapore time as listed in the 2013 Miami men’s schedule of play.

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.

There are 24 seeds in the qualifying draw that have ALL been separated from each other in the first round so if they win through against the lower ranked players, they all play-off in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the final round that decides which 12 players qualify for the 2013 Miami singles main draw.

The cut-off date for acceptances into the 2013 Miami Open qualifying singles draw was 4 February 2013, which means players were accepted into the qualifying draw according to their ranking on that day. The 24 seeds are in the qualifying event are determined in ranking order by the rankings as at Monday 11 March 2013 (and not the rankings at the time of qualifying on February 4th).

In many ways it is better to compete in the qualifying than to be given a wildcard into the main draw. Here is a breakdown of the ranking points and prize money per round for the qualifying event:

  1. $1,275 US dollars but NO ranking points to players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying;
  2. $2,500 and 8 ATP ranking points to players that win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated; and
  3. $7,680 and 16 ranking points to players who qualify for the main draw but are then defeated in the 1st round of the main draw.

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.

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