The next major tournament on the Men’s Pro Tour is the very first edition of the Shanghai Masters 1000 in China. Shanghai is the only Masters 1000 tournament outside of Europe and North America.
The Qi Zhong Tennis Center in Shanghai has a centre court called the Qi Zhong Stadium which holds 15,000 spectators. Qi Zhong Stadium was the home for the year-end ATP Finals from 2005 to 2008 and is in Maqiao Town, Min Hang District.
This event is the 8th of the 9 ATP World Tour Masters 100o tournaments this year. In 2008 the Hamburg tournament was a Masters 1000 event but was downgraded to an ATP 500 event to pave the way for Shanghai. There is 3,240,000 US dollars is up for grabs and the event is held from Saturday October 10 through to the final on Sunday October 18.
The top 8 of the 16 seeds have a BYE in the 1st round. The top 45 ranked men are automatically entered into Masters 1000 events by the ATP. Participation is mandatory for the top 20 ranked players in 8 of the 9 Masters 1000 tournaments (the exception is Monte Carlo).
The draw is made up of 56 players, 45 direct acceptances as mentioned above, 4 wild cards and 7 spots that are allocated to qualifiers. The top players are all ready to go except for Roger Federer who pulled out citing fatigue and Andy Murray with a wrist injury.
The wild cards were awarded to 2 Chinese players: Shao-Xuan Zeng China’s No.1 player who is ranked no.312 and Mao-Xin Gong China’s No.2 who is ranked no.540 in the world. The other 2 wild cards went to dual Grand Slam singles champion Marat Safin and Ernests Gulbis from Latvia.
Pictured above is Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic after hitting his serve. Stepanek was called in to replace Andy Roddick at the 2008 end of year ATP finals after Roddick withdrew with injured after only one match. The current world no.16 will be looking to perform well after last years Shanghai experience.
The seeding and draw for the top 16 players, IF they all win through to the round of 16 are:
(1) Rafael Nadal versus (14) Tommy Robredo
(11) Gael Monfils versus (7) Fernando Verdasco
(3) Juan Martin Del Potro versus (16) David Ferrer
(9) Robin Soderling versus (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
…which completes the head-to-head play-offs in the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players seeded to meet are:
(6) Nikolay Davydenko versus (10) Fernando Gonzalez
(13) Radek Stepanek versus (4) Andy Roddick
(8) Gilles Simon versus (12) Marin Cilic
(15) Tommy Haas versus (2) Novak Djokovic
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Shanghai Masters 1000 in China as we update you with results, who qualifies, what major upsets occur, how many ATP ranking points and how much prize money is awarded for each round.
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