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. The Top 8 seeds play their first match today after being given a BYE in the 1st round yesterday.
Day 2 of the wild card tournament begins today with all of the 8 round of 16 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.
Pictured above is 23-year-old left-hander Carsten Ball preparing to play his double handed backhand at the 2010 US Open. The 1.98m World No.153 has the most main draw Grand Slam singles experience in these play-off’s besides the 31-year-old No.1 seed Peter Luczak whom he could meet in the Final. Ball’s best Australian Open result to date is playing in the 1st round in both 2009 and 2010.
The 2011 Australian Open wild card play-off men’s singles round of 16 draw for today is:
- (1) Peter Luczak versus Luke Saville on Court 8 at 10am
- (9) James Lemke v. Jarod Easton on Court 5 at 10am
- (4) Matthew Ebden v. Benjamin Mitchell 2nd match on Court 5
- (8) Samuel Groth v. Dane Propoggia 2nd match on Court 7
- (5) John Millman v. James Duckworth 4th match on Court 7
- (3) Carsten Ball v. Adam Feeney 4th match on Court 8
- (7) Greg Jones v. Sean Berman 3rd match on Court 5
- (2) Marinko Matosevic v. Michael Look 3rd match on Court 8
Day 2 results for the round of 16 matches will be added as they are completed:
- (1) Luczak defeated Saville 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
- (9) Lemke def. Easton 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
- (8) Groth def. Propoggia 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
- (4) Ebden def. Mitchell 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3)
- Feeney def. (3) Ball 6-4 6-4
- Duckworth def. (5) Millman 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
- (2) Matosevic def. Look 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
- (7) Jones def. Berman 6-1 6-4
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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