The first four lucky loser spots are chosen by a lottery among the four highest ranked losers in the final round of qualifying. No losing player is guaranteed a spot unless there are four spots available.
True. Because of Gimelstob
A lucky loser is sports terminology which occurs mostly in tennis. It describes a player that loses a match in the final qualifying round of a knockout tournament, but eventually makes the main draw due to an injury to someone within the draw, thereby taking that player's position in the draw regardless of rank. This can however only happen in the first round and before the tournament has been started.
The rule for a player to enter the main draw as a lucky loser used to be as follows. From all eliminated final qualification players the highest ranked player in the ATP or WTA rankings was the first one to enter the draw, followed by the second highest ranked player and so on when more players retired before the start of the tournament.
However, prior to the 2005 Wimbledon Championships American player Justin Gimelstob faced George Bastl from Switzerland in the final qualification round. Gimelstob, who was the highest ranked player of all final qualification round players faced a chronic back complaint after his second qualification match against Vladimir Voltchkov. He decided not to force his back any further and withdrew to give his back some rest. Knowing almost certain someone from outside the main draw would withdraw before the tournament started he was confident in entering the main draw as a result. Gimelstob indeed entered the draw, reached the third round and eventually lost to Lleyton Hewitt.
Since 2006 the four highest ranked players to lose in the last round of qualification in Grand Slam tournaments are drawn to determine the order in which player is allowed to enter the draw, first, second, third and fourth. This way the highest ranked loser only has 25% chance of entering the draw instead of 100% in the past.
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