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The 2013 Wimbledon main draw men’s singles matches will begin on Monday 24 June at 11:30am local time in Wimbledon in the United Kingdom. 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 Wimbledon main draw ceremony is being held on Friday 21 June at 10am at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The full list of the men’s singles draw will be added here-> Wimbledon 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round as it happens. To watch Wimbledon tennis in Singapore add 7 hours to the local time in London to get the equivalent Singapore time.

Which men will you be doing your tennis betting on for the remaining tournaments this year and especially to perform at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships?

The men’s singles draw has a 128-player draw consisting of 16 Qualifiers, 8 Wildcards and 104 Direct Acceptances of whom 32 become The Seeds. 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. 6 May 2013.

When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from Wimbledon after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the main draw is awarded to a lucky loser.

Any player that loses in the final round of qualifying and then signs-in for the singles main draw is eligible to receive a lucky loser spot into the main draw. The lucky loser spots are awarded in the order of highest ranked player to the lowest, hence the term, despite losing they are lucky to still compete in the main draw.

The Seeds:

A seeding is allocated to the 32 highest ranked players according to the Wimbledon grass court seeding system before the draw is made i.e. Monday 17 June 2013. There are 32 seeded players in a 128-player sized draw and they 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. The seeded players do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of a Grand Slam event. To win the title any player must win 7 main draw best of 5-set matches in a row.

The Wildcards:

All of the 8 wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Sunday 16 June 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 wildcards are selected by the AELTC Committee of Management who often choose not to award all 8 positions allocated for wildcards, which means the unused wildcard spots in the draw go the next highest ranked players who were originally outside the ranking cut-off for direct acceptance.

The Qualifiers:

The 128-player qualifying tournament will begin on Monday 17 June and run through to Thursday 20 June. This event is unlike any other Grand Slam equivalent because it is NOT held at the same venue, instead it is held in the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton.

Full details about how the qualifying draw works will be covered in the Wimbledon 2013 Men’s Qualifying Singles. The full list of the men’s qualifying singles draw will be detailed in the Wimbledon 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying 1st Round.

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