The 2011 Paris Open men’s main draw singles matches begin on Sunday 6 November with one match with a further ten of the total of 16 1st round matches scheduled for Monday 7 November. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 7 hours to the local times in Paris. The full singles draw is listed below including who the qualifiers play against. 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 38 direct acceptances are decided according to whom the Top 38 ranked players in the world that enter this year by 26 September 2011. This year the cut-off for the last direct acceptance was Gilles MULLER of Luxembourg who was ranked No.43 at the cut-off date. If any direct acceptances and/or wild card entrants withdraw after the first round of qualifying is completed then those spots in the draw are awarded to lucky losers.
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The Paris Open is held at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy on hard courts called Greenset on Boards. The official name of Paris is the BNP Paribas Masters due to title naming sponsorship rites. The 2011 BNP Paribas Masters is especially important because it is THE final chance for the world’s best players 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 three places dependent upon how the potential qualifiers perform in Paris.
There are 9 French men in the singles main draw, including the only three wild cards for this event in a strong show of support by the French Tennis Federation. The wild card recipients were current World No.92 Adrian MANNARINO, No.104 Jeremy CHARDY and No.54 Julien BENNETEAU joined by No.88 Nicolas MAHUT who qualified. There were 5 direct acceptances – four seeds: Jo-Wilfried TSONGA, Gael MONFILS, Gilles SIMON and Richard GASQUET plus the unseeded Michael LLODRA.
Pictured above is the winner of the 2008 Paris Open in Bercy Jo-Wilfried TSONGA poised to launch his most powerful weapon – his serve, at the 2011 Japan Open. The 26-year-old Tsonga performs best on hard courts with all seven of his ATP singles titles won on hard courts, including five of those on indoor hard courts. The 1.88m Tsonga’s career best Grand Slam singles result was runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open.
The current World No.8 achieved his best career results at both Wimbledon and the US Open this year by making the semi finals and quarter finals respectively. Tsonga is one of the contenders to secure a place in the ATP Tour Finals. Tsonga achieved his career-high ranking to date of No.6 on 17 November 2008 after winning his maiden major singles title. If Tsonga can perform well enough in Paris he can set a new career best ranking by the end of this month by breaking into the Top 5.
In a 48-player draw there are 16 seeded players and all 16 seeds receive a 1st round BYE. This means that the 16 seeds await the 16 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round. The 16 seeds are selected according to the ATP rankings on the final Monday before this event commences. This year the seeding was based on the ATP rankings as at 31 October. The Top 8 seeds have been bolded in the draw below to highlight potential quarter final match ups.
The draw for the seeded players if they all win through to the round of 16 is:
- Novak DJOKOVIC (1) versus (15) Viktor TROICKI
- Nicolas ALMAGRO (9) v (6) Jo-Wilfried TSONGA
- David FERRER (4) v (14) Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV
- Juan Martin DEL POTRO (12) v (8) Gael MONFILS
- Mardy FISH (7) v (10) Gilles SIMON
- Richard GASQUET (16) v (3) Roger FEDERER
- Tomas BERDYCH (5) v (11) Janko TIPSAREVIC
- Andy RODDICK (13) v (2) Andy MURRAY
The draw for the 2011 Paris Open men’s singles event is:
- Novak DJOKOVIC (1) v BYE
- Fabio FOGNINI v Ivan DODIG
- Kei NISHIKORI (SE) v (Q) Sergiy STAKHOVSKY
- BYE v (15) Viktor TROICKI
- Nicolas ALMAGRO (9) v BYE
- Andreas SEPPI (Q) v Nikolay DAVYDENKO
- Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ v (Q) Santiago GIRALDO
- BYE v (6) Jo-Wilfried TSONGA
- David FERRER (4) v BYE
- Juan Carlos FERRERO v (Q) Nicolas MAHUT
- Mikhail YOUZHNY v (Q) Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER
- BYE v (16) Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV
Juan Martin DEL POTRO (12)Igor KUNITSYN (LL) v BYE
- Stanislas WAWRINKA v John ISNER
- Michael LLODRA v Feliciano LOPEZ
- BYE v (8) Gael MONFILS
- Mardy FISH (7) v BYE
- Florian MAYER v Radek STEPANEK
- Juan MONACO v (Q) Donald YOUNG
- BYE v (10) Gilles SIMON
- Richard GASQUET (16) v BYE
- Gilles MULLER v Kevin ANDERSON
- Dmitry TURSUNOV v (WC) Adrian MANNARINO
- BYE v (3) Roger FEDERER
- Tomas BERDYCH (5) v BYE
- Marin CILIC v Fernando VERDASCO
- Thomaz BELLUCCI v Alex BOGOMOLOV Jnr.
- BYE v (11) Janko TIPSAREVIC
- Andy RODDICK (13) v BYE
- Milos RAONIC v (WC) Julien BENNETEAU
- Jeremy CHARDY (WC) v Marcel GRANOLLERS
- BYE v (2) Andy MURRAY
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