The 2013 US Open main draw men’s singles matches will begin on Monday 26 August at 11am local time in New York. Below OnCourt Advantage provides a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.
The official US Open main draw ceremony is being held on Thursday 22 August at 12 noon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. The full list of the men’s singles draw will be added here-> US Open 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round as it happens.
The men’s singles draw has a 128-player draw consisting of 16 Qualifiers, 8 Wildcards and 104 Direct Acceptances. The direct acceptances are the highest 104 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete. The cut-off date is six weeks prior to the main draw commencing i.e. 15 July 2013.
The seeds are selected solely according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. as of 19 August 2012.
There are 32 seeded players that are placed in preselected positions in the 128-player draw. This guarantees that the seeds are separated in the draw so that they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents (unseeded players), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.
If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 33rd highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 34th player and so on.
All of the eight wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Monday 19 August as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day. The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.
The eight wild cards are awarded two reciprocal wild cards with Roland Garros (selected by the French Tennis Federation) and the Australian Open (selected by Tennis Australia). The remaining six are selected by the United States Tennis Association, who usually chose six Americans.
The 128-player qualifying tournament will begin on Tuesday 20 August and runs through to Friday 23 August.
Full details about how the qualifying draw works will be covered in the US Open Tennis 2013 Men’s Qualifying Singles. The full list of the men’s qualifying singles draw will be detailed in the US Open 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying 1st Round.
The Lucky Losers:
When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from the US Open after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the main draw is awarded to a lucky loser.
Any of the sixteen players that lose in the final round of qualifying and then signs-in for the singles main draw is eligible to receive a lucky loser spot. If a lucky loser spot is awarded, it goes in the order of highest ranked player to the lowest. The term lucky loser, then comes from the fact that despite losing they are lucky that they still get to compete in the main draw.
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