The 2013 Sydney International main draw men’s singles matches will begin on Monday 7 January at 11am local time in Sydney, Australia. In this post a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw are provided, 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 28-player draw consisting of 4 Qualifiers, 3 Wildcards and 21 Direct Acceptances of whom 8 become The Seeds. To watch the tennis in Singapore subtract 3 hours to the local time in Sydney.
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The official main draw ceremony is being held on Saturday 5 January at 12 noon. The four qualifiers names will be drawn and added to complete the draw on Sunday 6 January. The full list of the men’s singles draw will be added here-> Sydney 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round.
A seeding is allocated to the 8 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 31 December 2012. There are 8 seeded players in a 32-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 quarter finals. In Sydney the Top 4 seeds all receive a BYE in the first round so only need to win one match before making the quarter finals.
If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 9th highest ranked player becomes a seed i.e. Marcel GRANOLLERS, then the 10th player Julien BENNETEAU and so on.
The following is a list of who the seeds will be and what number each player is seeded:
- Richard GASQUET
- John ISNER (pictured above)
- Gilles SIMON
- Andreas SEPPI
- Fernando VERDASCO
- Florian MAYER
- Radek STEPANEK
- Jeremy CHARDY
NB: Originally Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was the No.1 seed before he had to withdraw from Sydney after sustaining a left hamstring injury during the Hopman Cup.
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 three wildcards were awarded to Australians, the fourth, fifth and sixth highest ranked Aussies Matthew EBDEN No.105, John MILLMAN No.199 and James DUCKWORTH No.209.
The 32-player qualifying tournament will begin on Saturday 5 January. There are 8 seeds in the qualifying who are seeded to meet each other in “The Qualifying Round” to determine who will earn their place in the singles main draw after by winning three straight matches.
© photo credit: Beth Wilson