The 2010 BNP Paribas Masters men’s singles draw for the qualifying singles event has just been released. The Paris Open is now called the BNP Paribas Masters due to title sponsorship rights. The men’s qualifying singles event begins tomorrow – Saturday 6 November at 10am local time in Paris (5pm in Hong Kong).
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The qualifying event will be completed on Sunday 7 November. Paris has a total financial commitment of € 2,750,000 (Euros) of which €2,227,500 is awarded in prize money. The Paris Open is held at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy on hard courts called Greenset on Boards and is widely known as the most prestigious indoor tournament each year. This MAJOR tournament is one of the nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events each year and is especially important because it is THE final chance to qualify for the ATP Tour Finals.
There are 24 spots in the qualifying draw of which 4 were wild cards and 20 direct acceptances. There are 12 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 12 ranked players at the cut-off date are seeded to meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The cut-off date was September 27 this year and the last direct acceptance was Josselin Ouanna of France who was ranked at No.170 back then.
The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies. At the Paris Open there are 6 spots in the main draw of the men’s singles event allocated for qualifiers. OCA will be following the Paris Open including the qualifying results, so visit here regularly and ask any questions you would like to know about this tournament or anything about tennis.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn €875 but DO NOT receive any ATP ranking points. The players who win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn €1,725 and 16 ATP ranking points, which is more than a player receives who is directly accepted into the main draw and then loses his 1st round match.
Players who qualify for the main draw will earn a minimum of €8,000 and 25 ATP ranking points for winning through the qualifying singles event into the main singles draw, PLUS a further 10 ATP ranking points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw. That means they received 3.5 times the amount that a direct acceptance receives when he loses his 1st round match, as the direct acceptance earns 10 ATP ranking point for a 1st round loss.
One third of the qualifying singles draw players are from France, including the last direct acceptance Josselin Ouanna now ranked No.172. The other 7 French players are direct acceptances Marc Gicquel No.150, Benoit Paire No.155, Edouard Roger-Vasselin No.132 and all 4 wild card were awarded by the French Tennis Federation to Laurent Rochette No.254, Clement Reix No.303, Romain Jouan No.174 and No.189 Vincent Millot.
The seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event. All players must win 2 matches in a row in order to qualify. 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 Top 12 seeds in the main draw of qualifying have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify. All 12 seeds are just listed down the draw. The 12 seeds are bolded in the draw below.
Pictured above is 2009 Paris Open Men’s Singles runner-up Gael Monfils as he is in the forward swing phase of his forehand drive. The 24 year old from France entertained the French fans all the way through the tournament, including right down the final set tie break in the Men’s Singles Final.
The 1.93m Monfils fought back played a great final before being defeated by Novak Djokovic 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in his career best result in a major tournament. Monfils continued his record of achieving his best results each year in France by winning the Montpellier singles title last week after which he said, “I am so happy about this title, and it’s even more special because it is in France and in front of my crowd.”
Monfils comes in to Paris full of confidence and is currently ranked at No.14. His career best ranking was No.9 on March 2 2009 with his best career results in Grand Slam singles events are being a semi finalist in 2008 at Roland Garros and a quarter finalist there in 2009. Monfils made the quarter finals at the US Open this year to record his best Grand Slam result outside France indicating his great form on hard courts in the past 2 months. With Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out with a knee injury Monfils will have huge crowd support. Can in it spur him on to another great performance in France?
The draw for the 2010 Paris Open men’s qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Jarkko Nieminen versus Teymuraz Gabashvili
- Marc Gicquel v. (7) Tobias Kamke
- (2) Andreas Seppi v. Albert Ramos-Vinolas
- Benoit Paire v. (8) Illya Marchenko
- (3) Benjamin Becker v. (WC) Laurent Rochette
- Edouard Roger-Vasselin v. (10) Mischa Zverev
- (4) Daniel Gimeno-Traver v. Josselin Ouanna
- (WC) Clement Reix v. (11) Marsel Ilhan
- (5) Fabio Fognini v. Roberto Bautista-Agut
- Stephane Bohli v. (12) Jan Hajek
- (6) Santiago Giraldo v. (WC) Romain Jouan
- (WC) Vincent Millot v. (9) Michael Russell
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