The 2012 Italian Open in Rome men’s qualifying singles event begins on Saturday 12 May at 10am local time in Rome, Italy. In this post the full men’s qualifying singles draw will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about the qualifying, including how this draw works and how the ATP ranking points are allocated.
There are 28 players in the qualifying draw divided up between 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 25 Direct Acceptances vying for 7 spots in the singles main draw. There are 14 seeds in the qualifying draw that have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify, so only meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the final round that decides which 7 players qualify for the main singles draw.
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The cut-off date for acceptances into the 2012 Italian Open qualifying singles draw was 2 April 2012, which means players were accepted into the qualifying draw according to their ranking on that day. To determine whom the 16 seeds are in the qualifying event, the rankings released on Monday 7 May 2012 were used to identify the seeds (and not the rankings at the time of qualifying on April 2nd).
A seeded player occupies one of every two spots in the qualifying draw. 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 seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event like they do in the singles main draw. All players must win two best-of-three tiebreak set matches in a row in order to qualify.
Each player that qualifies for the singles main draw earns 25 ATP ranking points. If a qualifier loses in the 1st round of the main draw he earns 35 points (25+10), 25 points for qualifying plus the 10 main draw 1st round points. A player who starts in the 1st round i.e. a direct acceptance or a wild card recipient, only receives 10 ranking points if he loses his 1st round match.
A qualifier earns the ranking points that are awarded for the round he makes it through to, plus his 25 points he earned for qualifying throughout the tournament. For example, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 45 points for making the 2nd round plus 25 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round earns 70 ranking points in total.
If a direct acceptance withdraws from the event, then a “Lucky Loser” i.e. a player who loses in the final round of qualifying will be awarded a place in the singles main draw. A Lucky Loser who loses in the 1st round of the main draw earns 16 points from the qualifying event in addition to the points allocated per round e.g. a 1st round loss by a Lucky Loser equals 16 plus 10, for a total of 26.
The 2012 Italian Open Men’s qualifying singles draw is:
- Albert RAMOS  v Daniel GIMENO-TRAVER
- Gianluca NASO [WC] v (11) Matthew EBDEN
- Robin HAASE  v Sergiy STAKHOVSKY
- Matteo VIOLA [WC] v  Xavier MALISSE
- Mikhail KUKUSHKIN  v Flavio CIPOLLA
- Simone BOLELLI v  Sam QUERREY
- Santiago GIRALDO  v Ernests GULBIS
- Victor HANESCU v  Ryan HARRISON
- Gilles MULLER  v Vasek POSPISIL
- Adrian UNGUR v  Albert MONTANES
- Alejandro FALLA  v Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ
- Philipp PETZSCHNER v  Ivo KARLOVIC
- Go SOEDA  v [WC] Marco CECCHINATO
- Enrico BURZI [WC] v  Igor ANDREEV
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