The 2011 Memphis Open is an ATP World Tour 500 category tournament played on indoor Plexipave hard courts from February 11-20. The 36th year of this event is being played at The Racquet Club of Memphis, Tennessee in the USA. The official tournament name is the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The men’s event begins on Friday February 11 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday February 20 at 1pm. The Memphis singles event has a 32-player draw that contains 25 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers and 3 Wild Cards and the official draw will take place on Friday 11 February.
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The total financial commitment for the 2011 Memphis tournament is $1,226,500 US dollars and the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event is $1,100,000. The centre court has a seating capacity of 5,000 and is called the Morgan Keegan Stadium Court. 2009 US Open singles champion Juan Martin DEL POTRO has received a wild card. The other 2 wild cards were awarded to American James BLAKE and Canadian Milos RAONIC.
The 2010 Memphis Men’s singles champion Sam QUERREY is pictured above. In the 2010 final the 23-year-old Querrey defeated his doubles partner and fellow American John Isner 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in 1 hour and 59 minutes to claim his 6th ATP Tour singles title.
The 1.98m Querrey best Grand Slam singles results to date are three round of 16 appearances in 2008 and 2010 at the US Open and at Wimbledon in 2010. He is currently ranked at his career-high ranking of No.17, which he first achieved on 31 January 2011. Querrey will join be seeded in the Top 8 along with the other Top 4 ranked Americans, Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and John Isner.
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 500 points + $261,500;
- The runner-up earns 300 points + $121,600;
- The two semi finalists earn 180 points + $$57,800;
- The four quarter finalists earn 90 points + $$27,300;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 45 points + $13,980;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $7,545 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 $450 and DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd and final round of qualifying earn $900 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 earns 65 ranking points in total.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Memphis Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Friday 11 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Saturday 12 February: Qualifying 2nd round from 10am;
- Sunday 13 February: Qualifying 3rd round from 10am;
- Monday 14 February: Main Draw 1st round from 10am and 7pm;
- Tuesday 15 February: 1st round from 10am and 7pm;
- Wednesday 16 February: 1st round from 10am and 7pm;
- Thursday 17 February: Round of 16 from 10am and 7pm;
- Friday 18 February: Quarter Finals from 10am and 7pm;
- Saturday 19 February: Semi Finals at 11am and 3pm; and
- Sunday 20 February: Men’s Singles Final at 1pm.
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