The 2012 Italian Open in Rome men’s main draw singles event will be drawn on Saturday 12 May at the Foro Italico site in Rome, Italy. In this post a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw will be provided, including how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and who the seeds are.
There are 56 players in the draw divided up between 7 Qualifiers (Q), 4 Wild Cards (WC) and 45 Direct Acceptances for the final of the three ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournaments for 2012 held on clay courts. Rome runs from May 12 to 20. The cut-off date for entry was 2 April 2012 and Donald YOUNG of the USA with a ranking of No.46 that week was the last direct acceptance.
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The official tournament name is the Internazionali BNL d’Italia due to title sponsorship naming rights. As soon as it is drawn OnCourt Advantage will add the names into the projected round of 16 match-ups for the seeds and post the full singles main draw here-> The 2012 Italian Open Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
The Seeds: In a 64-player sized draw there are 16 seeded players in order to keep the one seed for each four spots in the draw ratio according to tournament draw rules. Rome has a 56-player draw so only the Top 8 seeds all receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 24 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round.
The seeds are selected according to the latest ATP rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 7 May 2012. The Top 16 ranked players in the draw at that date become the Top 16 seeds; therefore the seeding can be worked out before it is officially announced.
The 2012 Italian Open men’s singles seeds are:
- Seeds 1-8: 1-Novak DJOKOVIC, 2-Rafael NADAL, 3-Roger FEDERER, 4-Andy MURRAY, 5-Jo-Wilfried TSONGA, 6-David FERRER, 7-Tomas BERDYCH, 8-Janko TIPSAREVIC;
- Seeds 9-16: 9-Mardy FISH, 10-John ISNER, 11-Juan Martin DEL POTRO, 12-Gilles SIMON, 13-Nicolas ALMAGRO, 14-Gael MONFILS, 15-Juan MONACO and 16-Feliciano LOPEZ.
If any of the seeded players withdraw before taking the court for their first match I will update the seeded players list above straight away. That seed would be replaced by the next highest ranked direct acceptance i.e. Kei NISHIKORI as the World No.17. If any further seeds are unable to play this major tournament No.18 Richard GASQUET becomes a seed, followed by No.19 Fernando VERDASCO.
World No.9 Mardy Fish and No.17 Kei Nishikori are both out of contention for Rome, which means No.18 Richard Gasquet becomes the 16th seed.
The Wild Cards: Once the four wild cards are announced I will update them here straight away. If 2011 is anything to go by then the Italian Tennis Federation will award all of the wild cards to local players. Last year Flavio Cipolla, Simone Bolelli, Fabio Fognini and Filippo Volandri received the wild cards this year the the Top 5 Italians in order of ranking who have missed the 2012 cut-off are Fabio Fognini, Filippo Volandri, Potito Starace, Paolo Lorenzi and Flavio Cipolla.
All four wild cards went to the highest four ranked Italians outside the direct acceptance cut-off ranking: Filippo VOLANDRI, Paolo LORENZI, Potito STARACE and Fabio FOGNINI.
The Qualifiers: The 28-player qualifying tournament begins on Saturday 12 May and concludes on Sunday 13 May. As soon as each of the 7 players win their 2nd round of qualifying and therefore qualify for the main draw, OnCourt Advantage will add their names to the 2012 Italian Open Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round post.
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