The 2013 US Open Tennis men’s qualifying singles event is scheduled to begin on Tuesday 20 August and runs for four straight days with play commencing at 11am (local time) each day. OnCourt Advantage provides some interesting facts about the men’s qualifying draw below.
You can attend the entire qualifying event without having to pay for a ticket because it is free entry for the entire qualifying event. The gates open at 9:30am and play commences at 11am each day. Make sure you catch the action, especially on Friday 23 August when the final 16 matches are being played with a spot in the singles main draw on the line for the winners.
For the qualifying event 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.
As soon as the qualifying draw is announced on Monday 19 August it will be covered and listed in US Open Tennis Qualifying 2013 Men’s 1st Round.
The US Open qualifying singles event is a 128-player draw divided up between 9 wildcards and 119 direct acceptances in an elimination format with 16 spots allocated to qualifiers. To qualify a player needs to progress through three rounds in a row, all three qualifying rounds of are best-of-3 tiebreak sets, unlike at Wimbledon where the final round changes to the best-of-5 set format.
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 2013 qualifying singles draw was 15 July, which means the rankings at that date are used to create the draw and NOT the latest rankings before the tournament i.e. Monday 19 August. However, the 19 August ATP Tour rankings will be used for the seeding of the qualifying from the accepted players on 15 July.
There are 112 qualifying matches to be played in all. On Day 1 the first half of the 1st round of qualifying matches. On Day 2 the remaining 1st round matches are scheduled to complete the sixty-four 1st round match draw. On Day 3 there are 32 2nd round matches scheduled and on Day 4 the final 16 matches, which decide who the 16 players are that qualify for a spot in the main singles draw.
Grega ZEMLJA is pictured above about to transition to the forward swing phase for this forehand ground stroke as the ball comes into his strike zone at the 2012 US Open. The 1.83m Zemlja was the best performed qualifier at the US Open last year by reaching the third round also his career-first Grand Slam main draw matches at the US Open after bowing out in the qualifying in his previous four US Open campaigns.
Zemlja made it to the third round for a second time in a Grand Slam at Wimbledon this year to achieve his career-high ranking to date of No.43. The 26-year-old will be a direct acceptance into the singles main draw for the first time at the US Open this year and is the No.1 ranked Slovenian on the ATP Tour.
Photo credit: Robbie Mendelson