The 2014 Roland Garros main draw men’s singles matches will begin on Sunday 25 May at 11am local time in Paris, France. Below OnCourt Advantage provides a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.
The Tennis Odds from Betfair, the world’s leading betting exchange feature Rafael Nadal (6/4) and Novak Djokovic (11/8) as the favourites to win Roland Garros in 2014 in their French Open 2014 betting markets. Djokovic is pictured above displaying the focus that led him to defeat Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters 1000 on Sunday. Djokovic came back after losing the 1st set to Nadal boosting his confidence that he can win the last leg of a career Grand Slam three Sunday’s later.
The official Roland Garros main draw ceremony is being held on Friday 23 May at 11:30am. The full list of the men’s singles draw is listed here by the BBC-> 2014 Roland Garros 1st Round.
The men’s singles draw has a 128-player draw consisting of 16 Qualifiers, 8 Wildcards and 104 Direct Acceptances of whom 32 become The Seeds. The direct acceptances are the highest 104 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete. The cut-off date is six weeks prior to the main draw commencing i.e. 14 April 2014.
When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from Roland Garros after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the draw is awarded to a lucky loser.
Any player that loses in the final round of qualifying and then signs-in for the singles main draw is eligible to receive a lucky loser spot into the main draw. The lucky loser spots are awarded in order of highest ranked player to the lowest, hence the term, despite losing they are lucky to still compete in the main draw.
A seeding is allocated to the 32 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 19 May 2014. There are 32 seeded players in a 128-player sized draw and they are separated in the draw so that they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents (unseeded players), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.
If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 33rd highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 34th player and so on.
The seeded players do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of a Grand Slam event. To win the title any player must win 7 main draw best of 5-set matches in a row.
All of the 8 wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Monday 19 May as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day. The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.
The wildcards are selected by the French Tennis Federation, who usually select six French players. The final two wildcards go to an American and an Australian due to a reciprocal wildcard arrangement between the US Open, Australian Open and Roland Garros.
The 128-player qualifying tournament will begin on Tuesday 20 May and run through to Friday 23 May. In order to qualify a player needs to progress through three rounds of qualifying to take one of the 16 spots allocated for a qualifier in the main singles draw.
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