The 2010 BNP Paribas Masters men’s singles draw has just been released. The Paris Open is now called the BNP Paribas Masters due to title sponsorship rights. The men’s main draw singles tournament begins on Sunday 7 November with just one main draw singles match featured at 2:30pm local time in Paris (9:30pm in Hong Kong). The rest of the 1st round singles matches will be played on Monday and Tuesday.
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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 especially important because it is THE final chance to qualify for the ATP Tour Finals in London. To date only 5 players have guaranteed their place in the Top 8 setting up a battle for the final 3 places in Paris.
There are 48 main draw spots divided up between 6 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC), 1 Special Entry (SE) and 38 Direct Acceptances. The last direct acceptance into the main draw was Michael Berrer of Germany at World No.51 at the cut-off date back on September 27 this year.
There are 7 French men in the singles main draw, 3 of which received the only 3 wild cards in a strong show of support by the French Tennis Federation. The wild card recipients were World No.135 Nicolas Mahut, No.73 Arnaud Clement and No.70 Florent Serra. There were 3 direct acceptances – No.27 Richard Gasquet, No.52 Gilles Simon and No.35 Michael Llodra and 1 seed, the No.12 seed Gael Monfils.
The 9 major Masters 1000 tournaments have varying sized draws. Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open have the largest draws with 96 spots, whilst the Paris Open has the smallest draw with 48. The remaining 6 Masters 1000 tournaments all have a 56-player draw. In a 48-player draw there are 16 seeded players that were selected according to the latest ATP rankings (as at November 1st). All of the Top 16 seeded players have a BYE in the 1st round and await the 16 winners of the 1st round matches.
Pictured above is 2009 Paris Open Men’s Singles semi finalist Rafael Nadal preparing his racquet and body as he works on setting up in the best possible position to play his famous forehand ground stroke. The 24 year old left-hander from Spain is the current World No.1 and was the first player to qualify for the 8-player year-end tournament in London.
The 1.85m Nadal achieved best singles performance at the Paris Open in 2007 when he was the runner-up. Nadal has tendinitis in his left shoulder so will NOT be playing Paris this year. His official statement was, “It is nothing to be worried about but the doctor told me I have to spend those days doing intensive treatment and functional rehabilitation with physiotherapy. I’m very sorry for the tournament organisers, who’ve always treated me in a very special way, and especially sorry for all my fans in France and in Paris that I won’t be able to be with them in one of my favourite cities in the world.”
The 2010 Paris Open men’s singles match-ups for the seeded players, if they all win through to the round of 16 is:
- (1) Roger Federer versus (14) Nicolas Almagro
- (11) Jurgen Melzer v. (7) David Ferrer
- (3) Andy Murray v. (13) Marin Cilic
- (12) Gael Monfils v. (6) Fernando Verdasco
Which are the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players who are seeded to meet are:
- (8) Andy Roddick v. (9) Mikhail Youzhny
- (15) Ivan Ljubicic v. (4) Robin Soderling
- (5) Tomas Berdych v. (10) Nikolay Davydenko
- (16) John Isner v. (2) Novak Djokovic
The player’s name that is bolded in the 1st round singles draw below is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Where there is a Qualifier, no prediction is made because it depends which player will take that spot. Once the qualifying is finalised, we will update which players go into the above spots reserved for qualifiers. Updated: 8pm Paris time November 7.
The 2010 Paris Open men’s singles draw for the 1st round is:
- (1) Roger Federer v. BYE
- (WC) Nicolas Mahut v. Richard Gasquet
- (LL) Michael Russell v. Radek Stepanek
- BYE v. (14) Nicolas Almagro
- (11) Jurgen Melzer v. BYE
- Thiemo de Bakker v. (Q) Santiago Giraldo
- Michael Berrer v. (Q) Fabio Fognini
- BYE v. (7) David Ferrer
- (3) Andy Murray v. BYE
- (SE) Marcel Granollers v. David Nalbandian
- Sergiy Stakhovsky v. (Q) Illya Marchenko
- BYE v. (13) Marin Cilic
- (12) Gael Monfils v. BYE
- Denis Istomen v. (Q) Benjamin Becker
- (WC) Arnaud Clement v. Feliciano Lopez
- BYE v. (6) Fernando Verdasco
- (8) Andy Roddick v. BYE
- Xavier Malisse v. (Q) Jarkko Nieminen
- Ernests Gulbis v. Juan Ignacio Chela
- BYE v. (9) Mikhail Youzhny
- (15) Ivan Ljubicic v. BYE
- Stanislas Wawrinka v. (Q) Josselin Ouanna
- Andrey Golubev v. Gilles Simon
- BYE v. (4) Robin Soderling
- (5) Tomas Berdych v. BYE
- Albert Montanes v. (WC) Florent Serra
- Philipp Kohlschreiber v. Thomaz Bellucci
- BYE v. (10) Nikolay Davydenko
- (16) John Isner v. BYE
- Potito Starace v. Michael Llodra
- Juan Monaco v. Sam Querrey
- BYE v. (2) Novak Djokovic
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