To visit the January 2013 Australian Open Men’s Schedule of Play please click-> 2013 version of this post.
The 2012 Australian Open tennis championships is the next Grand Slam singles tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour. “The Aussie Open” or “The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific” as the Australian Open is also known, is held at Melbourne Park in Richmond on True Blue Plexicushion Prestige medium-paced hard courts. To watch the tennis in Singapore subtract 3 hours from the Melbourne local times listed below.
The men’s event begins on January 11 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 29 January. Since 1988 the Australian Open has been played on hard courts and it is the first of the four Grand Slam tournaments that are played each year. The Australian Open was first held in 1905 and was played on natural grass courts through to 1987.
The total financial commitment for the 2011 Australian Open tournament was 23,140,000 Australian dollars with the total prize money for the men’s singles event being $10,000,000. Those figures were an increase of %3.8 as compared to 2010. The winner of the Men’s Singles Final at the 2012 Australian Open receives a record $2.3million, which is an increase of $100,000 on the 2011 prize money.
The 2011 Australian Open Men’s singles champion Novak DJOKOVIC is pictured above at the 2011 event after he has made contact with the ball with the stroke that gives him the most trouble and stress to his right shoulder – his serve. Djokovic won his fourth Grand Slam singles title at the 2011 US Open in his third US Open singles final, by defeating defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal for the sixth straight time in 2011.
The 1.88m Djokovic will be going for his third Australian Open Singles title after winning in 2008 and in 2011. The 24-year-old Serbian won three of the four Grand Slam singles titles in 2011 in one of the best seasons by any player in the Open-era of tennis. Djokovic who also won his first Wimbledon singles title in 2011 by defeating Rafael Nadal, became the new World No.1 for the first time in his career after that match.
The main draw matches are played each day in a day session beginning at 11am and a night session starting at 7pm in the first week and 7:30pm in the second week. The exception is on Men’s Final Day when play begins at 7:30pm. The centre court at the Australian Open is called Rod Laver Arena.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, in which case we will update them here straight away.
The ATP ranking points and prize money for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 2,000 points + $2,300,000;
- The runner-up earns 1,200 points + $1,150,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 720 points + $420,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 360 points + $210,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 180 points + $93,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 90 points + $54,500;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + $32,000;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + $20,000.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $2,860 but DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $5,710 and 8 points. The players who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying earn $11,440 and 14 points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 35 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, only earn 10 points. Wild Card entrants who lose in the 1st round DO NOT receive any ranking points.
The schedule of play for the 2012 Australian Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Wednesday 11 January: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
- Thursday 12 January: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
- Friday 13 January: Qualifying 2nd round at 10am;
- Saturday 14 January: Qualifying 3rd round at 10am;
- Monday 16 January: Main Draw 1st round from 11am & 7pm;
- Tuesday 17 January: 1st round from 11am & 7pm;
- Wednesday 18 January: 2nd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Thursday 19 January: 2nd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Friday 20 January: 3rd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Saturday 21 January: 3rd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Sunday 22 January: Round of 16 from 11am & 7pm;
- Monday 23 January: Round of 16 from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Tuesday 24 January: Quarter Finals from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Wednesday 25 January: Quarter Finals from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Thursday 26 January: 1st Semi Final at 7:30pm;
- Friday 27 January: 2nd Semi Final at 7:30pm;
- Saturday 28 January: No men’s matches today; and
- Sunday 29 January: Men’s Singles Final at 7:30pm.
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