The 2011 Brazil Open is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament played on red clay courts from February 7-12. Brazil is played at Costa do Sauípe in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil. Costa do Sauípe began in 2001 and is the second leg of the clay-court Latin American swing.
The men’s event begins on Saturday February 5 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday February 12 at 4pm. The Costa do Sauípe singles event has a 32-player draw with 4 BYE’s; one to each of the Top 4 seeds thus 28 players in total. The draw contains 21 direct acceptances, 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards. The Top 8 ranked players in the draw become the 8 seeds.
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The total financial commitment for the 2011 Costa do Sauípe tournament is 527,700 US dollars and the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event is $442,500. The official name of the event is the Brasil Open and the centre court has a seating capacity of 3,500 and is called Quadra Central.
Pictured above is Nicolas Almagro at the 2010 US Open just after making contact with the ball with his single-handed backhand. The 25-year-old Almagro won Costa do Sauípe in 2008 and his current ranking of No.13 makes him the No.1 seed this year. The 1.83m Spaniard has won all of his 7 ATP Tour singles titles on clay courts.
Almagro’s best Grand Slam singles result to date is making the quarter finals at Roland Garros in 2010 and 2008 before being defeated by Rafael Nadal on both occasions. He achieved his career-high ranking of No.11 on 7 July 2008 and did not play a tournament during this week last year. This means he has a great opportunity to build his ranking points at a stage that seems like it could be the peak of his career.
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 250 points + $85,700;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + $45,100;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 points + $24,450;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + $13,930;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + $8,200;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $4,865 but DO NOT earn any ranking points.
There is a 32-player qualifying draw. The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn DO NOT earn any money and DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $375 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the players who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $785 and 6 ranking points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 12 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, do not earn a point. Wild Card entrants who lose in the 1st round DO NOT receive any ranking points.
From the round of 16 onwards any qualifiers who win, earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 12 points for qualifying. Therefore a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the round of 16 earns 20 points for making the round of 16 plus 12 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the round of 16 has earns 32 ranking points in total.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Costa do Sauípe Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 5 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 3pm;
- Sunday 6 February: Qualifying event from 3pm;
- Monday 7 February: Main Draw 1st round from 3pm;
- Tuesday 8 February: Main Draw 1st round from 3pm;
- Wednesday 9 February: Round of 16 from 3pm;
- Thursday 10 February: Quarter Finals from 3pm;
- Friday 11 February: Semi Finals from 3pm; and
- Saturday 12 February: Men’s Singles Final at 8pm.
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