The 2011 Buenos Aires Open in Argentina is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament played on clay courts from February 12-20. This event is being played for the 14th year and is being held at Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. The official tournament name is Copa Claro.
The Buenos Aires men’s event begins on Saturday February 12 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday February 20 at 2pm. The Buenos Aires singles event has a 32-draw with the players being divided up into 25 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers and 3 Wild Cards.
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Buenos Aires is the 3rd leg of the 4 clay-court tournaments that form the Latin American swing. The centre court has a capacity of 4,800 spectators. The total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is $547,900, with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $475,300. The 8 seeds are selected according to the ATP rankings as at 7 February 2011.
The 2010 Buenos Aires Open Men’s singles champion was No.2 seed Juan Carlos FERRERO who defeated No.1 seed David Ferrer 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in 2 hours and 32 minutes in the final. The Spaniard is pictured above preparing to play a forehand groundstroke on the run.
The 1.83m Ferrero is currently ranked at World No.27 and is a former World No.1, which he first achieved on 8 September 2003. The 31-year-old achieved his best Grand Slam singles result to date by winning Roland Garros in 2003. Buenos Aires was the 14th of his 15 ATP Tour singles titles. Ferrero is unable to defend his title this year because he has not yet recovered from his knee and wrist operations.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The ATP ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 250 points + $82,800;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + $43,600;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 points + $23,600;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + $13,460;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + $7,930;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $4,700 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 $390 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the players who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $800 and 12 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 Buenos Aires Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 12 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Sunday 13 February: Qualifying 2nd round from 11am;
- Monday 14 February: Qualifying & Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Tuesday 15 February: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Wednesday 16 February: 1st round & round of 16 from 11am and 6:30pm;
- Thursday 17 February: Round of 16 from 11am and 6:30pm;
- Friday 18 February: Quarter Finals from 12 noon and 6:30pm;
- Saturday 19 February: Semi Finals from 2pm; and
- Sunday 20 February: Men’s Singles Final at 2pm.
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