The 2013 Miami Open main draw men’s singles matches will begin on Wednesday 20 March at 11am local time in Miami. Below OnCourt Advantage details a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw are provided, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.
The men’s singles draw has a 96-player draw consisting of 12 Qualifiers, 5 Wildcards and 79 Direct Acceptances of whom 32 become The Seeds. The direct acceptances are the highest 79 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete. The cut-off date for entry was 4 February 2013 and Carlos BERLOCQ of Argentina with a ranking of No.81 that week was the last direct acceptance.
The official Miami main draw ceremony is being held at the Sony Zone at 11:30am on Monday 18 March. The full list of the men’s singles draw will be added here-> Miami 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round as it happens.
A seeding is allocated to the 32 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 18 March 2013.
All 32 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 32 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round, so that they play one round against lower ranked opponent (unseeded player), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.
Only the 64 players who are unseeded play in the first round. If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 33rd highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 34th player and so on.
All of the 5 wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Sunday 17 March as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day.
The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.
The latest announcements of who each wildcard recipient is, will be updated here-> on February 27 Lleyton HEWITT, James BLAKE and David NALBANDIAN were awarded wildcards. On 7 March Christian HARRISON (yes, Ryan’s younger brother) received the fourth wildcard.
The 48-player qualifying tournament will begin on Monday 18 March and is played over two days. The 12 qualifiers names will be drawn and added to complete the main singles draw in the evening of Tuesday 19 March.
Full details about how the qualifying draw works, who the seeds and wildcards are, what prize money and ranking points qualifying players earn will be covered here-> Miami 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying. The full list of the men’s qualifying singles draw will be added here-> Miami 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying 1st Round as it happens.
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