The 2010 BNP Paribas Masters men’s qualifying singles event has just been completed. The Paris Open is now called the BNP Paribas Masters due to title sponsorship rights. The qualifying began on Saturday 6 November with 24 players battling for the last 6 spots in the main draw.
The players who qualified will earn a minimum of 8,000 Euros 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.
Players needed to win 2 matches in a row over 2 days in order to earn a spot in the main draw. Of the Top 6 seeds in the qualifying 4 of these players who were seeded to qualify won through. The remaining 2 qualifiers were the No.8 seed and direct acceptance Josselin Ouanna, which means only Ouanna won through to the main draw of the 8 Frenchmen.
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The highest ranked player to lose in the final round of qualifying was No.9 seed Michael Russell, which means he would be the first player to take a spot in the main draw as a Lucky Loser if any player withdraws from the tournament BEFORE playing his 1st round match. A player must sign-in at the time specified by the tournament management to be eligible for any possible Lucky Loser spot.
Pictured above is 2009 Paris Open Men’s Singles quarter finalist Robin Soderling as he is moving forward to make contact with the ball and his tennis racquet for his favourite shot, the forehand drive. The 26 year old from Sweden is the currently ranked at a career-high World No.5. He was the 5th and latest player to qualify for one of ONLY 8 spots in ATP Tour Finals in London.
Soderling made these Finals for the first time last year and made it through to the semi finals in London, he used the HEAD YouTek Radical MP and has just switched to using the HEAD YouTek Prestige MP tennis racquet. To get the best deal in Hong Kong on tennis racquets and tennis gear click here.
The 1.93m Soderling was the runner-up at Roland Garros in 2009 and in 2010. Soderling has yet to make the singles final of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament although he recorded his best results in these tournaments this year when he made the semi finals on the hard courts in both the Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open.
The results in the final round of the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters men’s qualifying singles event were:
- (1) Jarkko Nieminen def. Marc Gicquel 6-2 6-1
- (3) Benjamin Becker def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
- (5) Fabio Fognini def. Stephane Bohli 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
- Josselin Ouanna def. (WC) Clement Reix 6-2 7-5
- (8) Illya Marchenko def. Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1 6-2
- (6) Santiago Giraldo def. (9) Michael Russell 6-4 6-2
These qualifiers will play the following players in the 1st round of the main draw: Nieminen versus Xavier Malisse, Becker v. Denis Istomen, Fognini v. Michael Berrer, Giraldo v. Thiemo De Bakker, Marchenko v. Sergiy Stakhovsky and Ouanna v. Stanislas Wawrinka.
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