The 2012 Dubai Open is an ATP World Tour 500 category tournament played on blue DecoTurf II hard courts from February 25 to March 3. The 20th 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 Open men’s event begins on Saturday February 25 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday March 3 at 7pm. The centre court has a seating capacity of 5,000 and is called the Dubai Tennis Stadium. The total financial commitment for the 2012 men’s tournament is 2,313,975 US dollars and the total prize money for the 2012 Men’s Singles event is $1,700,475, which is an increase of $80,975 than for 2011.
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The 2011 Dubai Open Men’s singles champion was No.2 seed Novak DJOKOVIC who defeated No.1 seed and 4-time Dubai champion Roger Federer in the final 6-3, 6-3 for a third straight Dubai title. The 1.88m Djokovic is pictured above playing his greatly improved forehand as he is on the run to his right at the 2011 Dubai Open. The current World No.1 has now won 29 ATP Tour singles titles after winning a career-high 10 titles in one year in 2011.
The 24-year-old Djokovic will be playing Dubai for the 6th straight year heads in with a 15-0 winning streak and an 18-2 Dubai Open record. The Serbian has defeated Federer in the past two Grand Slams at the semi final stage. The 5-time Grand Slam singles champion first achieved the World No.1 ranking on 4 July 2011. Djokovic will be joined by 7 of the Top 10 ATP men, including potential re-matches with Andy Murray and Roger Federer that always seem to be amazing matches.
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 + $409,170;
- The runner-up earns 300 points + $184,470;
- The two semi finalists earn 180 points + $87,380;
- The four quarter finalists earn 90 points + $42,165;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 45 points + $21,500;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $11,825 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 $735 and DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd and final round of qualifying earn $1,330 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 2012 Dubai Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 25 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 12 noon;
- Sunday 26 February: Qualifying Draw 2nd round from 12 noon;
- Monday 27 February: Main Draw 1st round from 12pm and 7pm;
- Tuesday 28 February: Main Draw 1st round from 12pm and 7pm;
- Wednesday 29 February: Round of 16 from 12pm and 7pm;
- Thursday 1 March: Quarter Finals from 12pm and 7pm;
- Friday 2 March: Semi Finals from 12pm and 7pm; and
- Saturday 3 March: Men’s Singles Final at 7pm.
© photo credit: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships