The 2011 Monte Carlo Open men’s qualifying singles event began on Saturday 9 April and was completed on Sunday 10 April. The qualifying began with 28 players battling for the 7 spots allocated to qualifiers in the main draw of the singles event.
The official tournament name of Monte Carlo is the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters due to title sponsorship naming rights. To qualify for the main draw you must win 2 matches in a row in the qualifying event in the best-of-3 sets format. Of the 14 seeds in the qualifying 7 of them were defeated in the first round of qualifying, leaving the other 7 seeds amongst the 14 players in “The Qualifying Round”.
The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies. In the Qualifying Round 3 of the Top 7 seeds that were expected to qualify won through to the main draw. A further 3 seeds from the 7 seeds ranging from 8-14 qualified, No.8 seed Frederico GIL, No.9 Pere RIBA and No.10 Maximo GONZALEZ.
One unseeded player qualified – Vincent MILLOT of France. The only wild card to make it into the qualifying round was Australian Bernard Tomic who lost in 3 sets to No.6 seed Julien Benneteau after winning the first set. The highest ranked player to lose in the qualifying round was No.3 seed Tobias Kamke. Provided Kamke signs in for the main draw, he will be the first player selected to take a Lucky Loser spot in the main draw if any player withdraws before his scheduled 1st round match.
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Pictured above is 2009 Roland Garros singles champion Roger FEDERER just as he is making contact with the ball for this forehand drive. The 29-year-old from Switzerland has won a record 16 Grand Slam singles titles and is second only to Rafael Nadal for ATP World Tour Masters 1000 singles titles with 17 to Nadal’s 18. The 1.85m Federer was the runner-up to Nadal at Monte Carlo for 3 straight years from 2006 to 2008.
Federer skipped Monte Carlo in 2010 so can make great strides forward in ranking points, as every match he wins will automatically boost his ranking points tally. Monte Carlo is the only one of the 9 Masters 1000 tournaments that is not compulsory to play. Playing Monte Carlo seems compulsory for players hoping to win Roland Garros that year. For the past 11 years no player has won Roland Garros without playing Monte Carlo that year.
Any player whose name is italicised, has his first name removed and has his surname in lower case letters is a seeded player who was expected to win through to qualify for the main draw. The names that are bolded and listed first are those who successfully qualified and gained entry into the main 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-> Monte Carlo 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play.
The 2011 Monte Carlo Open Men’s 2nd or final round of qualifying singles results are:
- (12) Zverev Vincent MILLOT defeated Simone BOLELLI (1) Kukushkin
- (8)Frederico GIL def. Flavio CIPOLLA (2) Petzschner
- (9) Pere RIBA def. (3) Tobias KAMKE
- (4) Filippo VOLANDRI def. Peter LUCZAK (14) Gremelmayr
- (5) Olivier ROCHUS def. Edouard ROGER-VASSELIN (13) Ramirez Hidalgo
- (6) Julien BENNETEAU def. (WC) Bernard TOMIC (11) Machado
- (10) Maximo GONZALEZ def. Albert RAMOS (7) Berrer
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