The 2012 Houston Open men’s main draw singles matches begin on Monday 9 April at 12 noon local time in at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas in the USA. In this post a number of interesting facts will be provided, including how the ATP ranking points and prize money are allocated for each round and what the schedule of play is for the entire tournament.
Houston is an ATP Tour 250 category tournament played on clay courts from April 7 to 15. Click this link for details about how you can buy Houston Open Official tennis tickets and you will also find full coverage of Houston.
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The men’s event schedule begins with the 32-player qualifying singles draw on Saturday 7 April. The Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday April 15. The total financial commitment for the 2012 tournament is 500,000 US dollars, with the total prize money for the men’s singles event being $442,500.
The 2011 Houston Men’s singles champion Ryan SWEETING is pictured above lining himself up in preparation to play a double-handed backhand at the US Open. The 1.96m right-hander won his first ATP Tour singles title by defeating current World No.17 Kei Nishiskori in the Houston final 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) after earlier defeating No.2 seed Sam Querrey who was ranked No.21 at the time.
Sweeting’s best Grand Slam singles results to date are four second round of appearances in 2006 at the US Open, 2011 and 2012 at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon in 2011. He is currently ranked at No.88 and his career-high ranking thus far of No.64 was first achieved on 12 September 2011. The American is a former World No.2 as an ITF Junior and won the 2005 US Open junior singles title.
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 + $79,880;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + $42,070;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 + $22,790;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 + $12,980,
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 + $7,650;
- The *12 players who lose in the 1st round do NOT receive any points + $4,530;
- The 4 players who qualify earn 12 points for qualifying;
- The 4 players who lose in the final round of qualifying receive $730 but DO NOT earn any ranking points;
- The 8 players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying receive $350 but DO NOT earn any ranking points; and
- The 16 players who lose in the1st round of qualifying receive no money and no ranking points.
The schedule of play for the entire 2012 Houston Open men’s singles draw is:
- Saturday 7 April: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 8 April: Qualifying 2nd round from 10am;
- Monday 9 April: Qualifying 3rd round from 12pm;
- Monday 9 April: Main Draw 1st round from 12pm and 6pm;
- Tuesday 10 April: 1st round from 12pm and 6pm;
- Wednesday 11 April: 2nd round from 12pm and 6pm;
- Thursday 12 April: Round of 16 from 12pm and 6pm;
- Friday 13 April: Quarter Finals from 12pm and 6pm;
- Saturday 14 April: Semi Finals back-to-back from 1pm; and
- Sunday 15 April: Men’s Singles Finals at 2pm;
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.
Did you know that if any of the 4 seeded players who lose their first match after being given a bye into the 2nd round are treated as a 1st round loser for ranking points allocation purposes i.e. they receive do NOT receive any points for losing their first match.
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