The 2011 Barcelona Open in Spain is an ATP World Tour 500 category tournament played on red clay courts from April 16-24. The official tournament name is the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell due to title sponsorship naming rights. This post will cover how the ATP Tour ranking points and prize money are allocated plus what the schedule of play is for the entire tournament.
The Barcelona men’s event begins on Saturday April 16 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday April 24 at 2:30pm. The Barcelona singles event has a 64-draw that contains 56 players consisting of 44 direct acceptances, 8 Byes, 7 Qualifiers and 5 Wild Cards.
The men’s event begins on Saturday April 9 with the 24-player qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday April 17. Barcelona is held at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona in Spain and the centre court has a seating capacity 8,000. The total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is 1,995,000 Euros (€) and the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event is € 1,550,000.
There will be 16 seeded players with only the Top 8 seeds receiving a BYE in the 1st round. Therefore, 48 players play in the 1st round with the 24 winners joining the Top 8 seeds in the 2nd round. The 16 seeds are selected according to the ATP rankings as at 11 April 2011. There is a 28-player qualifying draw.
The 2010 Barcelona Open Men’s singles champion was No.5 seed Fernando Verdasco who defeated No.2 seed Robin Soderling in the final 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in 2 hours and 4 minutes. The 1.88m left-handed Spaniard has won 5 ATP World Tour singles titles including two in 2010.
The 27-year-old Verdasco is pictured above after he has made contact with the ball with his mighty forehand drive at the Italian Open Masters 1000 in 2010. Verdasco achieved his career-high ranking to date of No.7 on 20 April 2009. Last year at the Monte Carlo Open he made his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 singles final before losing to World No.1 Rafael Nadal. Verdasco achieved his best result in a Grand Slam singles event at the 2009 Australian Open by making the semi finals before losing an amazing 5 hours and 11 minute marathon against Nadal.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The ATP ranking points and prize money for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 500 points + € 290,000;
- The runner-up earns 300 points + € 145,750;
- The two semi finalists earn 180 points + € 73,850;
- The four quarter finalists earn 90 points + € 37,450;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 45 points + € 19,230;
- The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 20 points + € 10,110;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round do NOT earn any points + € 6,075;
- The 7 players who qualify earn 10 points for qualifying;
- The 7 players who lose in the final round of qualifying earn 4 points + € 610;
- The 14 players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive € 300 but DO NOT earn any ranking points.
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round. A player, who qualifies for the main draw and then loses the 1st round earns 10 points (0+10). A direct acceptance and a wild card recipient who starts in the 1st round and loses does not earn any ranking points.
From the 2nd round onwards any qualifiers who win, earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 10 points for qualifying. Therefore, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 20 points for making the 2nd round plus 10 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round earns 30 ranking points in total.
A Lucky Loser who loses in the 1st round of the main draw earns 4 points from the qualifying event in addition to the points allocated per round e.g. a 2nd round loss by a Lucky Loser equals 20 plus 4, for a total of 24.
The Barcelona Open schedule of play for the entire event is:
- Saturday 16 April: 1st round of Qualifying from 11am;
- Sunday 17 April: Final round of Qualifying from 11am;
- Monday 18 April: Main Draw 1st round from 10:30am;
- Tuesday 19 April: 2nd round from 10:30am;
- Wednesday 20 April: 2nd round from 10:30am;
- Thursday 21 April: Round of 16 from 10:30am;
- Friday 22 April: Quarter Finals from 10:30am;
- Saturday 23 April: Semi Finals back-to-back from 11:30am; and
- Sunday 24 April: The Men’s Singles Final at 2:30pm.
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photo credit: mbevis