The 2011 Delray Beach ITC Open in the USA is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament played on blue Plexipave hard courts from February 19-26. The official tournament name is the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC) due to title sponsorship being the City of Delray Beach.
The Delray Beach men’s event begins on Saturday February 19 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday February 27 at 3pm. The Delray Beach singles event has a 32-player draw that contains 25 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers and 3 Wild Cards.
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The 19th year of this event is being played at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Centre in Delray Beach, Florida in the USA. The centre court has a capacity of 8,200 spectators and is a Premier hard court. The total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is 442,500 US dollars, which all goes on prize money for the Men’s Singles event. The 8 seeds are selected according to the ATP rankings as at 14 February 2011.
The last American to win the title was 29-year-old Mardy Fish who won in 2009. The No.2 ranked American at No.17 (1 spot behind his career-high rank of 16) has won 5 ATP Tour singles titles and will lead the American charge this year alongside American No.1 Andy Roddick.
The 2010 Delray Beach Open Men’s singles champion was first-time ATP Tour singles champion Ernests GULBIS who defeated No.2 seed Ivo Karlovic in the final 6-2 6-3 in 1 hour and 21 minutes. Gulbis is pictured above as he is just about to make contact with the ball for this forehand drive at the 2010 US Open.
The 22-year-old Gulbis achieved his best Grand Slam singles result to date by making the quarter finals at Roland Garros in 2008. The 1.9m Latvian has lost in the 1st round of the last 5 Grand Slam tournaments. Gulbis achieved his career-high ranking of No.21 last week and is currently ranked at No.22. Gulbis has a great opportunity to break into the Top 10 this year by performing well in the Grand Slams where any and every match win, will increase his ranking points total.
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 + $76,500;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + $40,300;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 points + $21,800;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + $12,435;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + $7,325;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $4,340 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 $360 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the payers who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $740 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 Delray Beach Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 19 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 20 February: Qualifying Draw 2nd round from 12 noon;
- Monday 21 February: Qualifying Draw 3rd round from 11am;
- Monday 21 February: Main Draw 1st round from 11am and 7:15pm;
- Tuesday 22 February: Main Draw 1st round from 11am and 7:15pm;
- Wednesday 23 February: 1st round & Round of 16 from 11am and 7:15pm;
- Thursday 24 February: Round of 16 from 12:30pm and 7:15pm;
- Friday 25 February: Quarter Finals from 12:30pm and 7:15pm;
- Saturday 26 February: Semi Finals from 2pm and 8:30pm; and
- Sunday 27 February: Men’s Singles Final at 3pm.
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photo credit: Christian Mesiano