The 2011 Auckland Open men’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 10 January at 11am local time in Auckland, New Zealand. There are 28 main draw spots divided up between 4 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 21 Direct Acceptances.
The Auckland Open is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament and is the biggest men’s sporting event held in New Zealand. Currently, the title sponsor is Heineken so the official name of this tournament is the Heineken Open. Auckland has been held since 1956 and is played at the ASB Tennis Centre in New Zealand.
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The Men’s Singles Final will be played on centre court on Saturday 15 January. The centre court has a seating capacity of 3,500 and the event is played on blue Plexicushion Prestige hard courts. The total financial commitment for the 2011 Auckland Open tournament is 450,000 US dollars and the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $398,250.
In a 32-player sized draw there are 8 seeded players. There are 28 players in the draw, which means ONLY the Top 4 seeds have a BYE in the 1st round. The 3 wild cards were awarded to 2010 Auckland Open runner-up Arnaud Clement of France, New Zealand’s own Michael Venus and Nicolas Almagro asked for a late entry. The last direct acceptance was Tobias Kamke of Germany who was ranked No.67 at the cut-off date.
Pictured above is 2010 Auckland Open men’s singles runner-up Arnaud Clement setting the ball in place during his service action. The 33-year-old from France lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-7 (2-7) in 2 hours and 19 minutes in a great final against John Isner. Clement achieved his career high ranking of No.10 on 2 April 2001.
Clement is currently ranked No.78 and was awarded a wild card after last year’s narrow loss in the final due to being outside the ranking cut-off for a direct acceptance into the main draw. The 1.73m Clement achieved his career best result in a Grand Slam singles event when he was the runner-up at the Australian Open in 2001.
The 2011 Auckland Open men’s singles possible quarter final match-ups according to seeding are:
- (1) David Ferrer versus (8) Philipp Kohlschreiber
- (4) Albert Montanes v (7) Thomaz Bellucci
- (6) David Nalbandian v (3) John Isner
- (5) Juan Monaco v (2) Nicolas Almagro
The 2011 Auckland Open draw for the men’s singles event is:
- (1) David Ferrer v BYE
- (Q) Pere Riba v Tobias Kamke
- (Q) Bobby Reynolds v Marcel Granollers
- Carlos Berlocq v (8) Philipp Kohlschreiber
- (4) Albert Montanes v BYE
- Santiago Giraldo v Daniel Gimeno-Traver
- (WC) Michael Venus v Tommy Robredo
- (Q) Michael Russell v (7) Thomaz Bellucci
- (6) David Nalbandian v Fabio Fognini
- Thiemo de Bakker v Philipp Petzschner
- Robin Haase v Pablo Cuevas
- BYE v (3) John Isner
- (5) Juan Monaco v (Q) Adrian Mannarino
- (WC) Arnaud Clement v Xavier Malisse
- Victor Hanescu v Kevin Anderson
- BYE v (2)(WC) Nicolas Almagro
The 32-player qualifying tournament was scheduled to be played today, but will get underway tomorrow. As soon as these qualifying matches are completed the spots in the above draw will be filled in with the names of the 4 qualifiers. To see the FULL 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play, prize money and ATP ranking points earned per round plus more details about the qualifying event, click HERE.
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