The 2011 Australian Open men’s qualifying singles event begins on Wednesday 12 January at 10am local time in Melbourne. The qualifying event is scheduled to be completed on Saturday 15 January and is played at the same venue as the main event, unlike Wimbledon.
The qualifying matches are best-of-3 tiebreak sets and NOT best-of-5 sets like the main draw singles matches. The final set is an advantage set so there is no tiebreak. If the set score is tied at 6 games all, just like the final set in the main draw of this tournament, the players continue to play until one player gains a 2 game advantage. At Wimbledon 2010 John Isner and Nicolas Mahut set a record score in the final advantage set, when Isner won by 70 games to 68!
There are 16 spots in the main draw of the Australian Open are allocated to qualifiers. The qualifiers have the opportunity to really improve their ranking because the Grand Slam tournaments offer the most ranking points. A qualifier earns 25 points more than a direct acceptance into the main singles draw does if they both lose in the 1st round.
There are 128 spots in the qualifying draw of which 8 were wild cards (WC) and 120 direct acceptances. There are 32 seeds in the qualifying which means that the highest 32 ranked players at the cut-off date are seeded to meet each other in the “Qualifying Round”. A seeded player occupies one of every 4 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. OCA will be following the Australian 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.
There are 12 Australian men in the qualifying draw, 5 direct acceptances and 7 wild cards in a strong show of support by Tennis Australia for local players. In the draw below “AUS” is added to the name of the 12 Australians. Only one qualifying wild card was awarded to a non-Australian and that went to 2010 Australian Open junior singles champion Tiago Fernandes of Brazil.
Players who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying receive more ranking points than a direct acceptance who loses his 1st round match. The direct acceptance is awarded 10 ATP ranking points for losing in the 1st round of the main draw versus 14 points for the 3rd round loser in qualifying.
The seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event. All players must win 3 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. All 32 seeds are just listed down the draw. The 32 seeds are bolded in the draw below.
Pictured above is 2009 Australian Open runner-up and 2010 semi finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beautifully positioned to fire up into the contact point during his service action. The 25-year-old from France achieved his career high ranking of No.6 on 17 November 2008 yet his best Grand Slam singles results came after that. Added to his two best Grand Slam singles results mentioned above, Tsonga made the quarter finals for the first time at Wimbledon in 2010.
The 1.88m Tsonga missed the end of the 2010 with a recurrence of the left knee injury that he first occurred at Wimbledon earlier in the year. Tsonga has already made the semi finals at the Qatar Open in Doha and is playing the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne this week in preparation for another big tilt at his best Grand Slam event.
The draw for the 2011 Australian Open Men’s qualifying singles event is:
- (1) Blaz Kavcic versus Benjamin Mitchell-AUS
- Rik De Voest v Laurent Recouderc
- Greg Jones-AUS v Olivier Patience
- Guillermo Alcaide v (25) Ilija Bozoljac
- (2) Simone Bolelli v Ivo Minar
- Timo Nieminen v Marco Crugnola
- Nicolas Massu v Philip Bester
- Brydan Klein-AUS v (22) Konstantin Kravchuk
- (3) Grigor Dimitrov v Matteo Viola
- Reda El Amrani v Marek Semjan
- David Guez v Thomas Schoorel
- Giovanni Lapentti v (19) Stefan Koubek
- (4) Joao Souza v Flavio Cipolla
- Matthias Bachinger v (WC) Chris Guccione-AUS
- Dusan Lojda v Rajeev Ram
- Evgeny Donskoy v. (29) Rogerio Dutra Da Silva
- (5) Marco Chiudinelli v Alex Bogomolov Jnr
- Michael Lammer v Thiago Alves
- Adrian Ungur v Frank Dancevic
- (WC) Tiago Fernandes v (23) Evgeny Korolev
- (6) Ryan Sweeting v Nikola Ciric
- Florian Reynet v (WC) Sean Berman-AUS
- Simone Vagnozzi v Ivo Klec
- Alex Kuznetsov v (32) Lukas Rosol
- (7) Andreas Haider-Maurer v Yannick Mertens
- Frederik Nielsen v Alexander Peya
- Guillermo Olaso v Tatsuma Ito
- (WC) Luke Saville-AUS v (18) Nicolas Mahut
- (8) Go Soeda v Robert Farah
- (WC) Maverick Banes-AUS v Simon Stadler
- Laurent Rochette v Samuel Groth-AUS
- Arnau Brugues-Davi v (24) Alexandre Kudryavtsev
- (9) Denis Gremelmayr v Victor Crivoi
- Pavol Cervenak v Bastian Knittel
- Ivan Sergeyev v Amir Weintraub
- Romain Jouan v (17) Simon Greul
- (10) Jesse Huta Galung v Gregoire Burquier
- Juan Sebastian Cabal v Peter Polansky
- Sebastian Rieschick v John Millman-AUS
- Andrey Kuznetsov v (31) Vincent Millot
- (11) Gilles Muller v Nick Lindahl
- Fritz Wolmarans v Augustin Gensse
- Matwe Middelkoop v Charles-Antione Brezac
- Jurgen Zopp v (20) Jaroslav Pospisil
- (12) Stephane Robert v Leonardo Tavares
- Clement Reix v Antonio Veic
- Dominik Meffert v Bobby Reynolds
- Michael Yani v (30) Jerzy Janowicz
- (13) Edouard Roger-Vasselin v Jan Hernych
- Roberto Bautista-Agut v Yuichi Sugita
- Paul Capdeville v James Ward
- Joao Sousa v (27) Josselin Ouanna
- (14) Igor Sijsling v Danai Udomchoke
- Matteo Trevisan v Franco Skugor
- Tim Smyczek v (WC) James Duckworth-AUS
- Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol (21) Grega Zemlja
- (15) Donald Young v Dieter Kindlmann
- Alberto Brizzi v Alexander Lobkov
- (WC) Matt Reid-AUS v Izak Van der Merwe
- Jean-Rene Lisnard v (28) Marc Gicquel
- (16) Conor Niland v Kevin Kim
- Andrej Martin v James Lemke-AUS
- Ryler DeHeart v Nikola Mektic
- David Goffin v (26) Milos Raonic
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