Chennai Open 2012 Men’s Schedule of Play

Click on this photo to buy your ticketsThe 2012 Chennai Open is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament. The title sponsor is Aircel whose commitment ensures South Asia’s only ATP tournament on the men’s professional tennis tour will be played for a 17th year this January. Chennai is held at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Chennai, India on blue Play Pave hard courts. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 2 and a half hours to the local times in Chennai listed below.

The 2011 Aircel Chennai Open event begins on December 31 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 8 January. The Chennai Open 2011 draw is a 28-player draw with 21 direct acceptances of which the Top 8 are seeded, 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards.

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The total financial commitment for the 2011 Chennai Open tournament is 450,000 US dollars with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $398,250. The Men’s Singles Final is played on the floodlit centre court called Nungambakkam Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 5,800.

The 2011 Chennai Open Men’s singles champion Stanislas WAWRINKA is pictured above with the winner’s trophy. The 1.83m Wawrinka defeated 2007 Chennai Open champion Xavier Malisse in the final 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in 2 hours and 14 minutes. The 26-year-old Wawrinka put five wins in a row together in 2011, which was one better than he did at the Chennai Open in 2010 when he was the runner-up.

Wawrinka will be defending his title in 2012 and will be hoping that Chennai provides him with the same great preparation for the Australian Open as it did in 2011. The Swiss made the 2011 Australian Open quarter finals before losing to countryman Roger Federer, who he teamed up with to win the Olympic doubles gold medal at Beijing in 2008. Wawrinka’s best Grand Slam singles result to date was making that quarter final and the quarter finals at the 2010 US Open. He achieved his career-high ranking thus far of No.9 on 9 June 2008.

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:

  1. The winner earns 250 points + $71,900;
  2. The runner-up earns 150 points + $37,860;
  3. The two semi finalists earn 90 points + $20,510;
  4. The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + $11,685;
  5. The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + $6,885;
  6. The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $4,080 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 $315 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the payers who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $660 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 2012 Chennai Open Men’s Singles event is:

  • Saturday 31 December: Qualifying event at 10am;
  • Sunday 1 January: Qualifying event at 10am;
  • Monday 2 January: Main Draw 1st round at 11am;
  • Tuesday 3 January: 1st round at 11am;
  • Wednesday 4 January: Round of 16 from 11am and 7:30pm;
  • Thursday 5 January: Round of 16 from 11am and 7:30pm;
  • Friday 6 January: Quarter Finals from 11am; and
  • Saturday 7 January: Semi Finals at 4:30pm; and
  • Sunday 8 January: Men’s Singles Final at 4:30pm.

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