The 2011 Sydney International is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament and is the second event played in Australia on the 2011 men’s professional tennis tour that leads in to the Australian Open. Sydney is the second leg of the 2011 Australian Open series and is held at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in New South Wales on blue Plexicushion Prestige hard courts.
The men’s event begins on January 7 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday 15 January. The Sydney International 2011 draw is a 28-player draw with 21 direct acceptances of which the Top 8 are seeded, 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards.
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The total financial commitment for the 2011 Sydney International tournament is 424,450 US dollars with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $372,500. The Men’s Singles Final is played on the centre court called Ken Rosewall Arena, which has a seating capacity of 10,000.
The 2010 Sydney Men’s singles champion Marcos BAGHDATIS is pictured above at the 2010 Australian Open just as he is making contact with the ball with during his service motion. The 1.83m Cypriot defeated Richard Gasquet in the final 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) in 1 hour and 44 minutes. The 25-year-old was the runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open to Roger Federer and achieved his career high ranking of No.8 on 21 August 2006.
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 + $67,260;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + $35,400;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 points + $19,180;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + $10,935;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + $6,435;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $3,820 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 $295 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the payers who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $615 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 Sydney International Men’s Singles event is:
- Sunday 9 January: Qualifying event at 11am;
- Monday 10 January: Main Draw 1st round at 11am;
- Tuesday 11 January: 1st round at 11am;
- Wednesday 12 January: Round of 16 from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Thursday 13 January: Quarter Finals from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Friday 14 January: Semi Finals from 11am; and
- Saturday 15 January: Men’s Singles Final at 4:30pm.
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