The 2011 Santiago Open in Chile is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament and is one of three men’s professional tennis tour events that begins on the day after the Australian Open ends. The official name of the 2011 event is the Movistar Tennis Open due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The men’s event begins on Saturday January 29 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday February 6. The Santiago Open singles event has a 32-player draw that contains 25 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers (Q) and 3 Wild Cards (WC). The Top 8 ranked players in the draw become the 8 seeds.
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The Santiago Open is held at the C.D.U.C San Carlos de Apoquindo, Las Condes in Santiago, Chile on red clay courts. Cancha Central is the name of the Centre Court because that’s the literal translation and it has a seating capacity of 4,000. The total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is 450,000 US dollars, with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $398,250.
The 2010 Movistar Open Men’s singles champion was Thomaz Bellucci who defeated Juan Monaco in the final 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 in 2 hours and 5 minutes. 2010 was the first year that this event was played in Santiago after being held in Viña del Mar from 2001 to 2009. This tournament began in 1993 and is the first clay court event of a series of 4 events in Latin America.
Pictured above is the 31-year-old Nicolas MASSU of Chile well after he has made contact with the ball for this forehand drive in his 1st round doubles match at the Movistar Open today. The Chilean achieved his best Grand Slam singles result by making the round of 16 at the 2005 US Open. The 1.83m Massu achieved his career-high ranking of No.9 on 13 September 2004.
Massu won the gold medal in both the singles and in the men’s doubles partnering Fernando Gonzalez at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece. The double gold medallist was the runner up in this tournament in 2006 and 2007 and received a wild card into this year’s singles main draw.
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 + $68,850;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + $36,250;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 points + $19,640;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + $11,190;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + $6,595;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $3,905 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 $320 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the payers who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $670 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 Santiago Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 29 January: Qualifying event 1st round at 10am;
- Sunday 30 January: Qualifying at 10am;
- Monday 31 January: Main Draw 1st round from 2pm;
- Tuesday 1 February: Main Draw 1st round from 2pm;
- Wednesday 2 February: Round of 16 from 2pm;
- Thursday 3 February: Round of 16 from 2pm;
- Friday 4 February: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
- Saturday 5 February: Semi Finals from 2pm; and
- Sunday 6 February: Men’s Singles Final at 5pm.
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