The 2011 US Open men’s qualifying singles event begins on Tuesday 23 August at 11am local time in New York. The qualifying event is scheduled to be completed over the four days through to and including Friday 26 August. The great news is YOU can attend the entire qualifying event without having to pay for a ticket, yes, free entry for the entire qualifying event so don’t miss it!
The two entrances you can use to enter the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York are the South Gate by the globe and East Gate by the indoor building/subway walkway. The men’s qualifying matches are best of 3 tie-break sets and NOT best of 5 sets like the main draw singles matches. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 12 hours to the New York local times listed below.
The qualifying draw is made at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on the day before qualifying starts. There are 128 spots in the qualifying draw of which 9 are wild cards and 119 direct acceptances.
Click this link-> US Open 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play to see the FULL details about: prize money and ATP ranking points earned per round plus more details about the qualifying event.
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”. The cut-off date for the US Open 2011 qualifying singles draw was 4 August 2011, which means the rankings at that date are used to create the draw and seed the players NOT the latest rankings that were released on Monday 22 August.
A seeded player occupies one of every four spots in the draw. 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”. The Qualifying Round is the round that decides which players qualify for the main draw, because the winner of that round qualifies.
At the US Open there are 16 spots in the main draw of the men’s singles event allocated for qualifiers. The wild cards for the qualifying were announced on 17 and 18 August and in a strong showing of support for Americans the United States Tennis Association awarded all nine wild cards to Americans. In the draw below a “W” in brackets i.e. (W) next to a players name denotes that player was awarded a wild card.
Pictured above is 5-time US Open men’s singles champion Roger FEDERER in three frames from earlier to later during his famous service action. The above picture was taken during the final of the Cincinnati Open Masters 1000 in 2010 that Federer won. The 30-year-old Federer won all 5 of his US Open singles titles in a row from 2004 through to 2008. In 2009 the Swiss former World No.1 was defeated in the US Open final by Juan Martin del Potro.
In 2010 Federer had match points in a thrilling 5-set match he played against current World No.1 Novak Djokovic before losing 7-5 in the 5th and final set after 3 hours and 44 minutes. The 1.85m Federer will be doing everything in his power at the US Open to win his first Grand Slam singles title in 2011 after winning at least one Grand Slam singles title every year from 2003 to now. Can he do it?
The players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive 3,000 US dollars that win through to the 2nd round of qualifying but are then defeated; earn $5,625 and 16 ATP ranking points. Players who win through to the 3rd round of qualifying but are then defeated, earn $8,000 and 24 ATP ranking points.
Both 2nd round and 3rd round losers in the qualifying receive more ranking points than a player who is directly accepted into the main draw and then loses his 1st round match (the direct acceptance would be awarded 10 ATP ranking points for losing in the 1st round of the main draw).
Players, who qualify for the main draw will earn a minimum of $19,000 and 35 ATP ranking points if they are defeated in the 1st round of the main draw. That means they received 3.5 times the amount of points that a direct acceptance receives when he loses his 1st round match. Do you think that is a fair way to allocate points?
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.
The Top 32 seeds in the main draw of qualifying have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify. All 32 seeds are just listed down the draw. The 32 seeds are bolded in the draw below.
The 2011 US Open men’s qualifying singles draw is:
- Joao SOUZA (1) v Jan MERTL
- Gianluca NASO v Thomas FABBIANO
- David GOFFIN v Roman BORVANOV
- Igor SIJSLING v (25) Cedrik-Marcel STEBE
- Paul CAPDEVILLE (2) v Amir WEINTRAUB
- Juan Sebastian CABAL v Greg OUELLETTE
- Jene-Rene LISNARD v Ivo KLEC
- Victor ESTRELLA v (17) Paolo LORENZI
- Marsel ILHAN (3) v Marcin GAWRON
- Vincent MILLOT v Zack FLEISHMAN
- Facundo BAGNIS v Marius COPIL
- Eduardo SCHWANK v (28) Lukas LACKO
- Thomas SCHOOREL (4) v Stefano GALVANI
- Danai UDOMCHOKE v Antonio VEIC
- Guillermo RIVERA-ARANGUIZ v Gregoire BURQUIER
- Maxime TEIXEIRA v (31) Jesse HUTA GALUNG
- Rogerio DUTRA DA SILVA (5) v Clement REIX
- Adrian MENENDEZ-MACEIRAS v Alexander WASKE
- Jurgen ZOPP v Sergei BUBKA
- Nicholas MONROE v (21) Ruben BEMELMANS
- Mischa ZVEREV (6) v Bastian KNITTEL
- Adam KELLNER v Laurynas GRIGELIS
- Ludovic WALTER v Joao SOUSA
- Jan-Lennard STRUFF v (23) Augustin GENSSE
- Benoit PAIRE (7) v Martin FISCHER
- David GUEZ v Nikola MEKTIC
- Alex KUZNETSOV v Gastao ELIAS
- Louk SORENSEN v (29) Arnau BRUGUES-DAVI
- Grega ZEMLJA (8) v Peter LUCZAK
- Marco CHIUDINELLI v Frederik NIELSEN
- Charles-Antoine BREZAC v (WC) Daniel KOSAKOWSKI
- Chris GUCCIONE v (20) Vasek POSPISIL
- Go SOEDA (9) v Tim SMYCZEK
- Sebastian RIESCHICK v Roberto BAUTISTA-AGUT
- Dusan LOJDA v Yuichi SUGITA
- Greg JONES v (19) Wayne ODESNIK
- Rik DE VOEST (10) v (WC) Rhyne WILLIAMS
- Yannick MERTENS v Guillaume RUFIN
- Fernando ROMBOLI v Malek JAZIRI, Malek
- Michael RYDERSTEDT v (30) Brian DABUL
- Izak VAN DER MERWE (11) v Tsung-Hua YANG
- Conor NILAND v Pavol CERVENAK
- Matteo VIOLA v Alessandro GIANNESSI
- Matwe MIDDELKOOP v (18) Jerzy JANOWICZ
- Richard BERANKIS (12) v Guillermo ALCAIDE
- Jan HERNYCH v Dominik MEFFERT
- Michael VENUS v Andre BEGEMANN
- Robert FARAH v (32) Julio SILVA
- Kenny DE SCHEPPER (13) v (WC) Mitchell FRANK
- Denis MATSUKEVICH v Romain JOUAN
- Andrea ARNABOLDI v (WC) Denis KUDLA
- Amer DELIC v (24) Evgeny DONSKOY
- Matthew EBDEN (14) v James LEMKE
- Bradley KLAHN (WC) v (WC) Tennys SANDGREN
- Bjorn FRATANGELO (WC) v Fritz WOLMARANS
- Frank DANCEVIC v (26) Arnaud CLEMENT
- Andreas BECK (15) v Carlos SALAMANCA
- Ilija BOZOLJAC v Jesse WITTEN
- Jonathan DASNIERES DE VEIGY v (WC) Marcos GIRON
- Blake STRODE (WC) v (27) Nikola CIRIC
- James WARD (16) v Michael YANI
- Pablo GALDON v Stephane BOHLI
- Axel MICHON v Rajeev RAM
- Ricardo HOCEVAR v (Alternate) Carsten BALL
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