The 2011 Australian Open Men’s singles main draw is made up of direct acceptances, qualifiers and wild cards. The wild cards are the topic of today’s post as one of the men’s wild cards will be awarded to the winner of the Australian men only knockout tournament. The 2011 Australian Open knockout tournament runs through to the Men’s Singles Final this Sunday 19 December.
The wild card tournament begins today with all of the 8 first round matches at 9:45am in Melbourne, Australia at Melbourne Park. This wild card play-off tournament has a 24-player draw with 8 seeded players. The 8 seeds all receive a bye into the round of 16 and will face the 8 winners of the 1st round matches tomorrow for a chance to play in the quarter finals on Thursday 16 December.
The 8 seeded players are:
- Peter Luczak – World No.137, 31-year-old, 1.83m right-hander whose best Australian Open (AO) result is making the 3rd round in 2003 & 2006 (pictured above at the 2010 US Open).
- Marinko Matosevic – No.138, 25-year-old right-hander whose best AO result is playing the 1st round once (2010).
- Carsten Ball – No.153, 23-year-old, 1.98m left-hander whose best AO result is playing the 1st round twice (2009-10).
- Matthew Ebden – No.196, 23-year-old, 1.88m right-hander whose best AO result is playing the first round once by qualifying (2010).
- John Millman – No.204, 21-year-old, 1.83m right-hander whose best AO result is making the qualifying final round in 2010.
- Bernard Tomic (withdrew)
- Greg Jones – No.260, 21-year-old, 1.9m right-hander whose best AO result is making the 2nd round of qualifying (2008).
- Samuel Groth – No.259, 23-year-old right-hander whose best AO result is playing the 1st round once (2009).
- James Lemke – No.318, 22-year-old right-hander whose best AO result is playing the 1st round of qualifying once (2010).
There is a 9th seed and but not a 6th seed because Bernard Tomic was the No.6 seed but later withdrew citing illness. Lemke was the next highest ranked ATP player in the draw, which is why he received a seeding. Andrew Whittington moved into the draw to fill this spot that opened up as an Alternate (ALT), whilst Jason Kubler withdrew (possibly due to being promised a main draw wild card) so Joey Swaysland took his spot.
The 2011 Australian Open wild card play-off men’s singles draw is:
- (1) Luczak versus the winner of Joel Lindner/Luke Saville
- (9) Lemke v. Mark Verryth OR Jarod Easton
- (4) Ebden v. Maverick Banes OR Benjamin Mitchell
- (8) Groth v. Dane Propoggia OR (ALT) Andrew Whittington
- (5) Millman v. James Duckworth OR Matthew Barton
- (3) Ball v. Adam Feeney OR Colin Ebelthite
- (7) Jones v. Sean Berman OR Joey Swaysland
- (2) Matosevic v. Matt Reid OR Michael Look
Day 1 results for the round of 32 matches:
- Luke Saville defeated Joel Lindner 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
- Jarod Easton def. Mark Verryth 7-5 6-4
- Benjamin Mitchell def. Maverick Banes 6-4 6-3
- Dane Propoggia def. (ALT) Andrew Whittington 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
- James Duckworth def. Matthew Barton 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
- Adam Feeney def. Colin Ebelthite 6-4 6-4
- Sean Berman def. Joey Swaysland 6-4 6-2
- Michael Look def. Matt Reid 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
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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