Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Northern California.
Re: Wild Cards
Safin needs a wildcard because:
The Indian Wells Masters series is a 96 player draw. There are 79 direct entries based on the ATP rankings 42 days prior to the tournament. They used the rankings for the Monday that the Aus Open began on, not the Monday after it ended. The tournament had 5 wildcards to award for the Men's draw and it gave one to Marat. If some players choose not to play the tournament, the next players in line could gain direct entry (i.e. Kafelnikov is on the direct list, but he won't play, so I think J. Johansson will get in there). The qualifying tournament (on Wednesday and Thursday) will determine the final 12 spots.
There will be 32 seeds for this tournament and they will all get first round byes. And by the way, I believe most of this was posted in the other thread, about the player commitment list.