The 2012 San Jose Open is the second oldest tournament in the USA beginning in 1889 and delivering the 124th edition this year making it older than both the Australian Open and Roland Garros. The official name of this men’s ATP Tour event is the SAP Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 16 hours to the San Jose local times listed below.
The SAP Open event begins on Saturday February 11 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday February 19 at 3pm. The SAP Open singles event has a 32-player draw that contains 24 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers, 3 Wild Cards and 1 Injury Protected Ranking entrant (Tommy Haas). The 8 highest ranked players according to the ATP rankings as at 6 February 2012 will be selected as the 8 seeds.
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The SAP Open official draw ceremony will be held on Friday 10 February at 12 noon at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose. As soon as it is drawn OnCourt Advantage will post it here. The SAP Open is held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose in Northern California in the USA. The centre court has a capacity of 7,502 spectators and is a Premier hard court.
The 2011 SAP Open Men’s singles champion Milos RAONIC is pictured above focusing on the ball, whilst setting himself up to play this double-handed backhand drive. The 21-year-old Raonic was the last direct acceptance into the draw and was ranked No.156 at the 2011 SAP Open cut-off date. The 1.96m Canadian is widely touted as a future Top 10 player, possible Grand Slam singles champion and World No.1. Don’t miss your chance to catch him in action on his favourite surface – hard courts.
The 2011 SAP Open was Raonic’s his first ATP Tour singles title of his career and added a second singles title in January this year at the Chennai Open. His best Grand Slam singles result to date is making the round if 16 at the 2011 Australian Open. In a testament to how far he has progressed in the past 12 months Raonic will be a seeded player in 2012. He is currently ranked at No.28 and most probably will be one of the Top 4 seeds.
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 + $95,860;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + $50,485;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 points + $27,350;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + $15,580;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + $9,180;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $5,440 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 $420 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the payers who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $875 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 2012 SAP Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 11 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 12 February: Qualifying Draw 2nd round from 10am;
- Monday 13 February: Main Draw 1st round from 9:30am and 7pm;
- Tuesday 14 February: Main Draw 1st round from 9:30am and 7pm;
- Wednesday 15 February: Round of 16 from 9:30am and 7pm;
- Thursday 16 February: Round of 16 from 9:30m and 7pm;
- Friday 17 February: Quarter Finals from 11am and 7pm;
- Saturday 18 February: Semi Finals from 1pm and 7pm; and
- Sunday 19 February: Men’s Singles Final at 3pm.
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