Is there more than one way to create the draw for a USTA sanctioned singles tournament? It is my understanding that "seeds" are the highest ranked players in the tournament. For a round of 32, the #1 and #2 seeds go in slots 1 and 32. #3 and #4 seeds go in slots 16 and 17. You then fill the next placements, according to rankings, in slots 8, 25, 9 and 24, respectively. You then fill the rest with the remaining people -- ranked highest to lowest (most of them are unranked). Is this correct?

I believe that is incorrect. Once the seeded players are placed in the draw all other players are placed in at random no matter if they are 5th (assuming 4 seeded players) or 32nd. There are guidelines for how many seeds there should be based upon total players in draw but I don't know what those numbers are off the top of my head. I think it might be 1/4 of total, so for 32 players there would be 8 seeds and players 9-32 would be placed randomly.

In all the tournaments I played last year, this was the case. Depending on the size of the draw, X amount of players were seeded, and the rest were placed at random. More often than not, the seeding isn't all that great either. I've been seeded in tournaments and had to play guys who easily should have been seeded and seeded higher than myself in the 2nd round. It's just the way it is.

In USTA tournaments, it's based on points which you receive for each round that you win. Just like the pros. Unfortunately not everyone plays tournaments consistently like the pros do so it really only proves who plays a lot of tournaments.

What Jonnyjack said, completely. The more tournaments played, the more wins, the more points go into seeding for tournaments. So, a truly good player, who may not play tournaments much, enters an event, doesn't have much in the way of points, isn't seeded, and bang!

The 1 and 2 seed are on opposite sides of the draw. The 3 and 4 seeds though are randomly placed in either slot 16 or 17. The 3 seed could either meet the 2 or the 1 seed in the semi finals. Likewise the 5-8 seeds are placed in position to only meet another seed in the quarter finals. A 5 seed could play a 1, 2, 3, or 4 seed in the quarters. The remaining players are placed randomly in the draw