The 9th Major Tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour is Wimbledon. “The Championships” as Wimbledon is commonly called, are held in the London suburb of Wimbledon in the United Kingdom at The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC).
The third Grand Slam event of the year begins on Monday 14 June for the men’s event with the qualifying draw and the Gentlemen’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 4 July. The 1st round matches of the main draw begin on Monday 21 June.
In this post we will cover how the ATP Tour ranking points and prize money are allocated, and what the schedule of play is for the Gentlemen’s Singles Draw.
The total financial commitment for the 2010 Wimbledon tournament is 13,725,000 pounds sterling (£) with the total prize money for the men’s singles event being £4,820,000. The winner of the Gentlemen’s Singles Final at Wimbledon takes home £1 million, which is an increase of £150,000 from last year.
Pictured above is the 2009 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s singles runner-up Andy Roddick preparing to play a forehand drive. The 1.88m Roddick has made the Wimbledon Singles final on 3 occasions (2004-05 & 2009), and each time he has lost to Roger Federer.
In the event’s 133 year history Roddick set 2 records in the 2009 final – the player who has won the most games in a final (39 games) and having played the final with the highest total number of games played (77 games).
The former World No.1 and 2003 US Open singles champion was ever so close to winning last year. The 27-year-old American won the 1st set then lost 2 tie breaks, the 1st one by 8 points to 6 and the 2nd one by 7 points to 5. Roddick had 4 chances to take a 2 sets to love lead, after he won the 1st set and held 4 consecutive set points in the 2nd set tie break, when he lead by 6 points to 2.
Roddick won the 4th set before losing a marathon 5th set by 14 games to 16 after 4 hours and 16 minutes. This year Roddick will be hell bent on going one step further and becoming a Wimbledon Champion. Read more about last years final here -> 2009 Federer-Roddick 1 and 2009 Federer-Roddick 2.
The ATP ranking points and prize money (in pounds) for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 2,000 points + £1,000,000;
- The runner-up earns 1,200 points + £500,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 720 points + £250,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 360 points + £140,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 180 points + £62,500;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 90 points + £31,250;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + £18,750;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + £11,250.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn £1,750 but DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn £3,000 and 8 points. The players who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying earn £7,000 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 matches each day are played in a day session starting at 12noon on courts 2 to 19 for the first 8 days of play. Centre Court and Court No.1 commence everyday of the tournament at 1pm except for both the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Singles Finals, which begin at 2pm. There are no night sessions.
The first four days of the tournament feature the qualifying event. Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, in which case we will update you here straight away.
The schedule of play for the Gentlemen’s Singles event at Wimbledon is:
- Monday 14 June: Qualifying 1st round;
- Tuesday 15 June: Qualifying 1st round;
- Wednesday 16 June: Qualifying 2nd round;
- Thursday 17 June: Qualifying 3rd round;
- Monday 21 June: Main Draw 1st round;
- Tuesday 22 June: Main Draw 1st round;
- Wednesday 23 June: 2nd round;
- Thursday 24 June: 2nd round;
- Friday 25 June: 3rd round;
- Saturday 26 June: 3rd round;
- Sunday 27 June: No play is scheduled at all;
- Monday 28 June: 4th round (round of 16);
- Tuesday 29 June: No men’s matches today;
- Wednesday 30 June: Men’s Quarter Finals;
- Thursday 1 July: No men’s matches today;
- Friday 2 July: Men’s Semi Finals from 2pm;
- Saturday 3 July: No men’s matches today; and
- Sunday 4 July: Men’s Singles Final at 2pm.
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photo credit: James Marvin Phelps