Shanghai 2010 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying

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The 2010 Shanghai Open men’s qualifying singles event begins today – Saturday 9 October at 12 noon local time in Shanghai, which is the same time in Hong Kong.  The qualifying event will be completed on Sunday 10 October. Shanghai has a total financial commitment of 5.25 million US dollars and 3.24 million in prize money. The official name is the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters.

The Shanghai Open is held at the Qi Zhong Stadium on Deco turf hard courts. Qi Zhong is pronounced “chee-jong” and is in southwest Shanghai district of Minhang. Last year was the first year that Shanghai was held as an ATP Tour tournament and included as one of the nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments making it one of THE major tournaments of each year.

There are 28 spots in the qualifying draw of which 5 were wild cards and 24 direct acceptances. There are 14 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 14 ranked players at the cut-off date are seeded to meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. A seeded player occupies one of every 2 spots in the draw.

The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies. At the Shanghai Open there are 7 spots in the main draw of the men’s singles event allocated for qualifiers. OCA will be following the Shanghai Open including the qualifying results, so visit here regularly and ask any questions you would like to know about this tournament or anything about tennis.

The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $1,350 but DO NOT receive any ATP ranking points. The players who win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn 2,650 US dollars and 16 ATP ranking points, which is more than a player receives who is directly accepted into the main draw and then loses his 1st round match.

Players who qualify for the main draw will earn a minimum of 8,500 US dollars 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. That means they received 3.5 times the amount that a direct acceptance receives when he loses his 1st round match, as the direct acceptance earns 10 ATP ranking point for a 1st round loss. Do you think that is a fair way to allocate points?

As soon as the all of the wild cards for the main draw are announced and when the singles main draw is released we will post it here. There are 4 Chinese men in the qualifying singles draw including the last direct acceptance Li Zhe at World No.503, direct acceptance Gong Mao-Xin No.356 and wild card recipients No.1,095 Ma Ya-Nan and No.1,029 Wang Chuhan.

The seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event. All players must win 2 matches in a row in order to qualify. 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 Top 14 seeds in the main draw of qualifying have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify. All 14 seeds are just listed down the draw. The 14 seeds are bolded in the draw below.

Pictured above is 2009 Shanghai Open Men’s Singles runner-up Rafael Nadal preparing to play a backhand volley as the ball approaches. The 25 year old from Spain is the record holder of the most Masters 1000 singles titles won. So far the current World No.1 has amassed 18 of these major titles.

Now that the 1.85m left hander has completed his Grand Slam set he will be looking to add the other major tournaments that he has not already won, including the Shanghai Open, Cincinnati Open, Miami Open, China Open, Paris Open and the ATP Tour Finals.

The draw for the 2010 Shanghai Open men’s qualifying singles event is:

  • (1) Daniel Gimeno-Traver versus Rajeev Ram
  • Edouard Roger-Vasselin v. (13) Marsel Ilhan
  • (2) Jeremy Chardy v. Paul-Henri Mathieu
  • (WC) Ma Ya-Nan v. (14) Go Soeda
  • (3) Benjamin Becker v. Kei Nishikori
  • Harel Levy v. (9) Mikhail Kukushkin
  • (4) Santiago Giraldo v. Gong Mao-Xin
  • (WC) Mischa Zverev v. (10) Igor Andreev
  • (5) Lukasz Kubot v. (WC) Lukas Dlouhy
  • Li Zhe v. (12) Teimuraz Gabashvili
  • (6) Kevin Anderson v. Ivan Dodig
  • Ivan Navarro v. (8) Alejandro Falla
  • (7) Florent Serra v. (WC) Wang Chuhan
  • Grega Zemlja v. (11) Michael Russell

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