The first round matches will begin on Monday 29 June at 11:30am with defending champion Novak Djokovic to play on centre court on the first day of the tournament as per the Wimbledon tradition.
A number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw are provided below, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.
The men’s singles draw has a 128-player draw composed of 16 Qualifiers, 8 Wildcards and 104 Direct Acceptances. 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. 18 May 2015.
The 128-player qualifying tournament will begin on Monday 22 June and run through to Friday 26 June. This event is unlike any other Grand Slam equivalent because it is NOT held at the same venue, instead it is held in the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton.
When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from Wimbledon after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the main 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 the order of highest ranked player to the lowest, hence the term, despite losing they are lucky to still compete in the main draw.
All of the 8 wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Sunday 21 June 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 qualifying draw commences.
The wildcards are selected by the AELTC Committee of Management who often choose not to award all 8 positions allocated for wildcards, which means the unused wildcard spots in the draw go the next highest ranked players who were originally outside the ranking cut-off for direct acceptance.
A seeding is allocated to the 32 highest ranked players according to the Wimbledon grass court seeding system before the draw is made i.e. Monday 22 June 2015. 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.
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