The 9th Major Tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour is the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Canada. The Canadian Open which, is now called the Rogers Cup, is one of the major tournaments on the ATP World Tour calendar. It is a major tournament because it 1 of only 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category events.
Each year this event alternates on where it is held in Canada between Toronto and Montreal. The odd numbered years are played in Montreal and the even numbered years are played in Toronto. This year the men are playing at the Rexall Centre at York University in Toronto.
The Rogers Cup begins on Saturday 7 August for the men’s event with the qualifying draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 15 August. The 1st round matches of the main draw begin on Monday 9 August. This event was formerly known as the Canadian Open and was first held in 1881. After Wimbledon and the US Open it is the longest running tournament in tennis history.
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 Men’s Singles Draw. The total financial commitment for the 2010 Rogers Cup tournament is 3 million dollars (in US dollars) with the total prize money for the men’s singles event being $1,215,000. The winner of the Men’s Singles Final in Toronto takes home $443,500.
Pictured above is the 2009 Rogers Cup singles champion Andy MURRAY getting into position and preparing for this forehand drive. The 1.9m Murray will be going for his 5th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 singles title after winning 2 hard court Masters 1000 events a year for the past 2 years.
The 23-year-old from Scotland moved to a career high ranking of World No.2 after winning this event last year when it was held in Montreal. Murray achieves his best results each year on hard courts, so will be a player to watch over the next 2 months for the hard court season.
The ATP ranking points and prize money (in US dollars) for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + $443,500;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + $222,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 points + $113,725;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 points + $59,200;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 points + $31,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + $16,250;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + $8,500.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $1,000 but DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $2,000 and 16 points. The players who qualify earn 25 points and at least $8,500.
*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 beginning at 11am and a night session starting at 7:30pm on most days. All of the times for each day are listed below. The 1st two 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 of any changes in later posts.
The schedule of play for the 2010 Toronto Masters Men’s Singles event (Rogers Cup) is:
- Saturday 7 August: Qualifying 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 8 August: Qualifying 2nd round from 10am;
- Monday 9 August: Main Draw 1st round from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Tuesday 10 August: 1st & 2nd round from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Wednesday 11 August: 2nd round from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Thursday 12 August: 3rd round from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Friday 13 August: Quarter Finals from 11am & 7pm;
- Saturday 14 August: 1st Semi at 1pm & 2nd Semi Final at 7pm;
- Sunday 15 August: Men’s Singles Final at 1:30pm.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for coverage of both the men’s (Toronto) and women’s (Montreal) events in Canada. OnCourt Advantage will provide detailed explanations of: who is playing who, the results, what the schedule of play is, how much prize money and ranking points each player will earn, how tournament draws work (including details about Wild Cards, Qualifiers, Lucky Losers and who is Seeded) and more.
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