The 2011 Brisbane International is one of three ATP World Tour 250 category tournaments all played in the same week kicking off the 2011 men’s professional tennis tour. Brisbane is the first tournament in the 2011 Australian Open series and is held at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Tennyson, Brisbane on blue Plexicushion Prestige hard courts.
The men’s event begins on December 31 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 9 January. The Brisbane International 2011 draw is a 32-player draw with 25 direct acceptances of which the Top 8 are seeded, 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards.
The total financial commitment for the 2011 Brisbane International tournament is 424,450 Australian dollars with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $372,500. The Men’s Singles Final is played on the centre court called Pat Rafter Arena, which has a seating capacity of 5,500.
The 2010 Brisbane Men’s singles champion Andy RODDICK is pictured above at the 2010 US Open just after he has made contact with the ball with his famous service action. The 1.88m Roddick defeated Radek Stepanek in the final 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (9-7) in 2 hours and 5 minutes. The 2003 US Open singles champion and former World No.1 is the current No.8.
The 28-year-old American has made the semi finals on 4 occasions and the quarter finals twice at the Australian Open including making the semi finals twice and the quarter finals in 2010 at the Australian Open. Roddick has a great record on hard courts and often performs well in January, so watch him as he aims to start the year off on a high note.
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 + $63,800;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + $33,600;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 points + $18,200;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + $10,370;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + $6,110;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $3,620 but DO NOT earn any ranking points.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $295 but DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $615 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 Brisbane International Men’s Singles event is:
- Friday 31 December: Qualifying event at 10am;
- Saturday 1 January: Qualifying event at 10am;
- Sunday 2 January: Main Draw 1st round at 10:30am;
- Monday 3 January: 1st round at 10:30am & 7pm;
- Tuesday 4 January: Round of 16 at 10:30am & 7pm;
- Wednesday 5 January: Round of 16 from 11am & 7pm;
- Thursday 6 January: Quarter Finals from 10:30am & 7pm;
- Friday 7 January: Quarter Finals from 11am & 7pm;
- Saturday 8 January: Semi Finals from 12 noon; and
- Sunday 9 January: Men’s Singles Final at 12 noon.
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photo credit: Edwin Martinez1