The 2011 Marseille Open in France is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament played on indoor Greenset hard courts from February 12-20. This event is being played at Palais des Sports in Marseille, France for the 19th year. The official tournament name is Open 13.
The Marseille men’s event begins on Saturday February 12 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday February 20 at 2pm. The Marseille singles event has a 32-draw that contains 28 players and 4 BYE’s with the players being divided up into 21 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers and 3 Wild Cards.
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The story behind the official name of Open 13 for Marseille is that the number 13 comes from the INSEE code of the Bouches-du-Rhône département of which Marseille is the capital.The centre court has a capacity of 6,000 spectators. The total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is € 576,000, with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being € 512,750. The 8 seeds are selected according to the ATP rankings as at 7 February 2011.
The 2010 Marseille Open Men’s singles champion was the unseeded Michael LLODRA who defeated No.1 seed Robin Soderling in the quarter finals before winning the final 6-3 6-4 in 1 hour and 11 minutes against No.8 seed Julien Benneteau. Llodra is pictured above just as he is making contact with the ball for this single-handed slice backhand at the 2010 US Open.
The 30-year-old left-hander became the fourth Frenchman to win this title in the past 5 years. He achieved his best Grand Slam singles result to date by making the round of 16 on three occasions; in 2004 and 2008 at Roland Garros and at the 2004 US Open. Marseille was his 5th ATP Tour singles title and he was the runner-up in 2009. The 1.9m Llodra is currently ranked at his career-high at World No.22, which he first achieved on 10 January 2011.
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:
- The winner earns 250 points + € 93,450;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + € 49,180;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 points + € 26,650;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + € 15,190;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + € 8,940;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive € 5,310 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 € 410 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the players who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn € 855 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 Marseille Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 12 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 13 February: Qualifying 2nd round from 10am;
- Monday 14 February: Qualifying & Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Tuesday 15 February: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Wednesday 16 February: 1st round & round of 16 from 11am and 6:30pm;
- Thursday 17 February: Round of 16 from 11am and 6:30pm;
- Friday 18 February: Quarter Finals from 12 noon and 6:30pm;
- Saturday 19 February: Semi Finals from 2pm; and
- Sunday 20 February: Men’s Singles Final at 2pm.
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photo credit: Christian Mesiano