The 2012 Indian Wells Open men’s qualifying singles event begins on Tuesday 6 March at 10am local time and is being drawn today. In this post the full men’s qualifying singles draw will be listed below plus a number of interesting facts about the qualifying. YOU can attend the first day (Tuesday 6 March) of the qualifying event without having to pay for a ticket, yes, it is free entry, so don’t miss it!
There are 48 players in the qualifying draw divided up between 5 Wild Cards (WC) and 43 Direct Acceptances vying for 12 spots in the singles main draw. There are 24 seeds in the qualifying draw that have ALL been separated from each other as they are seeded to be the players who do qualify, so only meet each other in “The Qualifying Round”. The Qualifying Round is the final round that decides which 12 players qualify for the main singles draw.
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The cut-off date for acceptances into the 2012 Indian Wells Open qualifying singles draw was 23 January 2012. Players were accepted into the qualifying draw according to their ranking on January 23rd. To determine whom the 24 seeds are in the qualifying event, the rankings released on Monday 5 March 2012 will be used to identify the seeds (and not the rankings at the time of qualifying on January 23rd).
A seeded player occupies one of every two spots in the qualifying draw. 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 seeds do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of the qualifying event like they do in the singles main draw. All players must win two best-of-three tiebreak set matches in a row in order to qualify.
Each player that qualifies for the singles main draw earns 16 ATP ranking points. If a qualifier loses in the 1st round of the main draw he earns 26 points (16+10), 16 points for qualifying plus the ten main draw 1st round points. A player who starts in the 1st round i.e. a direct acceptance or a wild card recipient, does not earn any ranking points if he loses his 1st round match.
A qualifier earns the ranking points that are awarded for the round he makes it through to, plus his 16 points he earned for qualifying throughout the tournament. For example, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 25 points for making the 2nd round plus 16 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round earns 41 ranking points in total.
If a direct acceptance withdraws from the event, then a “Lucky Loser” i.e. a player who loses in the final round of qualifying will be awarded a place in the singles main draw. A Lucky Loser who loses in the 1st round of the main draw earns 8 points from the qualifying event in addition to the points allocated per round e.g. a 1st round loss by a Lucky Loser equals 8 plus 10, for a total of 18.
The 2012 Indian Wells Open Men’s qualifying singles draw is:
- Frederico GIL (1) v Alex KUZNETSOV
- Pierre-Ludovic DUCLOS v (24) Ruben BEMELMANS
- Tobias KAMKE (2) v Greg JONES
- Amer DELIC v (19) Julio SILVA
- Matthew EBDEN (3) v Victor ESTRELLA
- Ivan NAVARRO v (21) Rajeev RAM
- Paolo LORENZI (4) v Dominik MEFFERT
- Daniel KOSAKOWSKI (WC) v (22) Marco CHIUDINELLI
- Joao SOUZA (5) v Sergei BUBKA
- Dennis NOVIKOV (WC) v (14) Thomas SCHOOREL
- Igor ANDREEV (6) v (WC) Tim SMYCZEK
- Haithem ABID (WC) v (15) Michael RUSSELL
- Marsel ILHAN (7) v (WC) Rhyne WILLIAMS
- Mischa ZVEREV v (13) Jurgen ZOPP
- Bjorn PHAU (8) v Denis GREMELMAYR
- Roberto BAUTISTA-AGUT v (18) Andrey GOLUBEV
- Vasel POSPISIL (9) v Mathieu RODRIGUES
- Maxime UTHOM v (23) James WARD
- Bobby REYNOLDS (10) v Peter GOJOWCZYK
- Frank DANCEVIC v (20) Arnau BRUGUES-DAVI
- Rik DE VOEST (11) v Stefano GALVANI
- Stephan BOHLI v (17) Izak VAN DER MERWE
- Ricardo MELLO (12) v Michael YANI
- Gastao ELIAS v (16) Marinko MATOSEVIC
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