The 2011 Australian Open Men’s singles main draw is made up of 104 direct acceptances, 16 qualifiers and 8 wild cards. The first wild card to be awarded will go to the winner of the Australian men-only knockout tournament. 6 of the Top 8 seeds lived up to their seeding by winning through to the final eight, with the biggest upset Adam Feeney knocking out No.3 seed Carsten Ball.
Day 3 of the wild card tournament begins today with all of the 4 of the quarter final matches scheduled to be played today in Melbourne, Australia at Melbourne Park beginning at 10am local time. The Men’s Singles Final is scheduled for this Sunday 19 December. For more details about the 2011 Australian Open, Men’s Singles Wild Card Play-off click here and for even more here.
Pictured above is 23-year-old right-hander Samuel Groth just after making contact with the ball with his singles handed backhand at the 2010 Australian Open. The current World No.259’s Australian Open experience thus far is playing in the qualifying rounds in 2008 and in 2010 plus his best Australian Open result to date is playing in the 1st round in 2009. Groth will be looking to join his wife Jarmila in the main draw who is the current No.42 on the WTA Tour.
The 2011 Australian Open wild card play-off men’s singles quarter final draw for today is:
- (1) Peter Luczak versus (9) James Lemke on Court 6 at 10am
- (4) Matthew Ebden v. (8) Samuel Groth 2nd match on Court 7 at not before 11am
- James Duckworth v. Adam Feeney 4th match on Court 7 at not before 1:30pm
- (7) Greg Jones v. (2) Marinko Matosevic on Court 6 at 1:30pm
Day 3 results for the quarter final matches will be added as they are completed:
- (1) Luczak defeated (9) Lemke 6-3, 7-6 (7-6)
- (4) Ebden def. (8) Groth 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
- Feeney def. Duckworth 6-2 7-5
- (2) Matosevic def. (7) Jones 6-4 6-2
For more details about the 2011 Australian Open, the prize money and ranking points awarded for each round and the schedule of play for the entire tournament click here.
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