The 2011 Dubai Open is an ATP World Tour 500 category tournament played on blue DecoTurf II hard courts from February 19-26. The 19th year of this event is being played at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The official tournament name is the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The Dubai men’s event begins on Saturday February 19 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday February 26 at 7pm. The Dubai singles event has a 32-player draw that contains 25 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers and 3 Wild Cards.
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The centre court has a seating capacity of 5,000 and is called the Dubai Tennis Stadium. The total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is 2,233,000 US dollars, with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $1,619,500. The 8 seeds are selected according to the ATP rankings as at 14 February 2011.
The 2010 Dubai Open Men’s singles champion was No.2 seed Novak DJOKOVIC who defeated No.7 seed Mikhail Youzhny in the final 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in 3 hours and 22 minutes. Djokovic successfully defended his title and will be going for a third straight Dubai crown as the No.2 seed behind Roger Federer.
The 23-year-old Djokovic is pictured above with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning his second Australian Open singles title on 30 January 2011. The Serbian has defeated Federer in the past two Grand Slams at the semi final stage. The 1.88m Djokovic is making an assault on the Federer-Nadal rule. He achieved his career-high ranking of No.2 on 1 February 2010 and is the current No.3.
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 500 points + $386,000;
- The runner-up earns 300 points + $181,500;
- The two semi finalists earn 180 points + $85,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 90 points + $40,525;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 45 points + $20,670;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $11,370 but DO NOT earn any ranking points.
There is a 16-player qualifying draw. The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $700 and DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd and final round of qualifying earn $1,280 and 10 ranking points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 20 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 20 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 45 points for making the round of 16 plus 20 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the round of 16 has earns 65 ranking points in total.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Dubai Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 19 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 12 noon;
- Sunday 20 February: Qualifying Draw 2nd round from 12 noon;
- Monday 21 February: Main Draw 1st round from 12pm and 7pm;
- Tuesday 22 February: Main Draw 1st round from 12pm and 7pm;
- Wednesday 23 February: Round of 16 from 12pm and 7pm;
- Thursday 24 February: Quarter Finals from 12pm and 7pm;
- Friday 25 February: Semi Finals from 12pm and 7pm; and
- Saturday 26 February: Men’s Singles Final at 7pm.
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