This is the draw for the Men’s Singles 2017 Tournament which went live on Thursday 27 April. No. 1 seed is, unsurprisingly, Robert Cagungao who has won the title for the last three years. 2017 Runner Up, Joss Pinnington is No. 2 seed and is scheduled to face his dad, Hector (seeded No. 3), in the semi-final again this year if both make it through to the final four.
Whilst there are lots of familiar names in the top ten, it’s worth mentioning a couple of players whose improvement and performances in the box leagues and for teams over the last 12 months has resulted in a significant boost to their seeding compared to last year:
- Saimen Yuen (seeded No. 5) joined Gardens just over a year ago and was seeded No. 12 in 2016, losing to Paul Doerr in the R16;
- Pete Warren-Lavis (seeded No. 9) seems to get better every month. Unseeded last year, he took eight games off Joey Snell who lost to eventual champion, Robert, in the semi-finals.
The Seeding Committee decided to seed 21 players this year with a further 11 randomly occupying seeding 22-32. The remaining entrants were randomly allocated to the remaining 43 positions.
Best of luck everyone!