The 2011 Santiago Open men’s main draw singles matches begin on Monday January 31 at 2pm local time in Santiago, Chile. There are 32 main draw spots divided up between 4 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 25 Direct Acceptances. The official name of the 2011 event is the Movistar Tennis Open due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The Santiago Open is held at the C.D.U.C San Carlos de Apoquindo, Las Condes in Santiago, Chile on red clay courts. In a 32-player sized draw the Top 8 ranked players become seeded players. The last direct acceptance into the main singles draw is Maximo GONZALEZ of the Argentina who was ranked at No.141 on the cut-off date. The cut-off date was 21 December 2010.
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The men’s event began on Saturday January 29 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday February 6 at 1pm. 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. To see the FULL 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play, prize money and ATP ranking points earned per round plus more details about the qualifying event, click HERE.
The 3 wild cards were awarded to Chileans: Paul CAPDEVILLE, Nicolas MASSU and Felipe RIOS in a strong display of support by the Federacion de Tenis de Chile i.e. the Chilean Tennis Association. The 32-player qualifying tournament began on Saturday 29 January and was completed yesterday.
Pictured above is the 29-year-old David NALBANDIAN of Argentina just after making contact with the ball for this double-handed backhand drive at the 2010 Canadian Open Masters 1000 event. The current World No.19 achieved his career-best Grand Slam singles result thus far by making the final at Wimbledon in 2002. He has also made the semi finals of each if the other 3 Grand Slam events US Open 2003, Australian Open 2006, Roland Garros 2004 and in 2006.
Nalbandian is the No.1 seed in Santiago and has won 11 ATP Tour titles including 4 on clay. Nalbandian has won 3 major titles thus far in his career, the year-end ATP Tour Finals in 2005, the Madrid Open and Paris Open Masters 1000 events both in 2007. The 1.8m Nalbandian achieved his career-high ranking of No.3 on 20 March 2006.
The 2011 Santiago Movistar Open men’s singles possible quarter final match-ups according to seeding are:
- David NALBANDIAN (1) v (5) Potito STARACE
- Juan Ignacio CHELA (4) v (8) Santiago GIRALDO
- Fabio FOGNINI (7) v (3) Thomaz BELLUCCI
- Tommy ROBREDO (6) v (2) Juan MONACO
The 2011 Santiago draw for the men’s singles event is:
- David NALBANDIAN (1) v Carlos BERLOCQ
- Ricardo HOCEVAR (Q) v Horacio ZEBALLOS
- Peter LUCZAK v Pablo ANDUJAR
- Paul CAPDEVILLE (WC) v (5) Potito STARACE
- Juan Ignacio CHELA (4) v (Q) Jorge AGUILAR
- Caio ZAMPIERI (Q) v (WC) Nicolas MASSU
- Eduardo SCHWANK v Igor ANDREEV
- Facundo BAGNIS (Q) v (8) Santiago GIRALDO
- Fabio FOGNINI (7) v Lukasz KUBOT
- Leonardo MAYER v Albert RAMOS-VINOLAS
- Rui MACHADO v (WC) Felipe RIOS
- Filippo VOLANDRI v (3) Thomaz BELLUCCI
- Tommy ROBREDO (6) v Frederico GIL
- Ruben RAMIREZ HIDALGO v Ricardo MELLO
- Joao SOUZA v Pablo CUEVAS
- Maximo GONZALEZ v (2) Juan MONACO
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© photo credit: Philip Ip