The qualifying draws and order of play for today's qualifying are up on the official site, as well as posted around these fair forums, I'm sure. I see Alex Corretja didn't receive a wildcard here and is playing qualifying. Anthony Dupuis is the top seed for men's q.
The Competition in all their glory, presumably in order of seeding.
I have given the top twenty, the 2004 record of each and a few comments. More later maybe. We will see.
:::22-1:::The good: 3 titles, #1, a grand slam, soon to become an official religion. The bad: wins too much, wears too much cologne...well, nothing really.
:::20-5:::The good: He looks like he wants to win every match, plays with a lot of confidence and competitiveness; Scottsdale back problems didn't look like a factor in IW. The bad: not the dominant player of last fall.
:::12-4:::The good: Very good showing at IW on hardcourt - probably likes the famous 'heavy' conditions. Has a title already this year and is an extremely focussed competitor. The bad: not much really, some early losses.
:::12-3:::The good: A smarter player now and played extremely well at IW and owns Miami - will that fountain of youth never run dry? Bad: I know he is concentrating on the slams, but he hasn't won a tournament since the U.S. claycourt in Houston last year. Return isn't what it once was.
:::18-4:::The good: 2 titles already this year; formidable streaks of winning. The bad: upset in his 1st match at IW. Bad luck perhaps, but so far seems at his best in lesser events.
:::2-6:::The good: He has a lot of insurance points from last year and has maintained his ranking. The bad: record speaks for itself. I like the 'cursed fila shirt' theory.
:::13-5:::The good: Coaching change looks like it has really paid off. Big wins over Federer and Roddick. The bad: Still has trouble going the distance and building on said big wins.
:::5-2:::The good: amazing start. The bad: injuries. It's curious that such a dominant player still only has 2 career titles.
:::10-7:::The good: athletic and looks good on the catwalk. The bad: slumping, crushed by Tommy Haas in 2nd rd of IW. Father? Distracted by fame and popularity?
:::7-8:::The good: well travelled, persistent. The bad: losing record; withdrew from match against Nadal - he was down a set.
:::5-7:::The good: very pretty girlfriend - they make a lovely couple. The bad: Still hasn't won a set since Australian Open. Motivation? Fitness? Many questions...
:::8-3:::The good: played well at IW, winning the doubles
and losing in rd 4 to Coria. The bad: troubled by injuries, no big wins so far.
:::11-6:::The good: most of the time defeats players he should defeat. The bad: not really scaring anyone and hasn't come close to an upset. He has improved a lot over his career, but is he content to be where he is?
:::7-3:::The good: Back playing after some injury trouble. The bad: some bad losses this year - Nadal in NZ and Fish in IW, didn't seem in the match.
:::9-6:::The good: winning record; intimidating to play with those facial expressions. The bad: Hasn't really built on that RG final last year, erratic, a curiously dreadful doubles player.
:::9-5:::The good: playing very well in his home country, still looks like a player on the rise. The bad: not much, not a very competitive match against Federer at IW.
:::15-2:::The good: 2 titles this year and a nice record with some biggish wins, seems very healthy. The bad: wtf was that against Chela? A prisoner of love - what's up with washing Kim's hair?
:::14-5:::The good: has won a title, serve is still a formidable and underrated weapon. The bad: along with Lleyton, the big loser points-wise at IW, movement not what it was.
:::9-7:::The good: excellent doubles player, which should help his overall game. The bad: record is mediocre. IW must have been a tough time for the spanish players so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt re his loss to Corretja.
:::12-7:::The good: good result at IW, taking out superteens Soderling and Nadal before falling to Labadze. The bad: 27 years old and 1 career title is sort of strange for a player this highly ranked.