The Canadian Open is the 9th MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ in 2011 for the men’s professional tennis tour. The 2011 Canadian Open is being held at the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 12 hours to the local times in Montreal listed below.
The Canadian Open is now called the Rogers Cup due to title sponsorship naming rights is one of the major tournaments on the ATP World Tour calendar. The 2011 Rogers Cup is a major tournament because it one of only nine 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.
To put Montreal into perspective in terms of the world famous Grand Slam tournaments, the winner of Montreal is weighted above making a Grand Slam semi final. This is because the Montreal winner earns more ATP ranking points and prize money in comparison. This event was first held in 1881, after Wimbledon and the US Open it is the longest running tournament in tennis history. The men’s qualifying singles event begins on Saturday August 6 with the 28-player qualifying singles draw.
The Montreal centre court has a seating capacity of 11,500 and the total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is 3,000,000 US dollars, with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $2,430,000. The singles event has a 64-draw containing 56 players consisting of 43 direct acceptances, 7 Qualifiers, 4 Wild Cards, 2 Special Entries and 8 Byes.
There will be 16 seeded players of which only the Top 8 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round. Therefore, 48 players play in the 1st round with the 24 winners joining the Top 8 seeds in the 2nd round. The 16 seeds are selected according to the ATP rankings as at 1 August 2011.
The 2010 Canadian Open Men’s singles champion was No.4 seed Andy MURRAY who defeated Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer back-to-back and both in straight sets to win his second straight Canadian Open. The 1.9m Murray from Scotland defeated the No.3 seeded Federer in the final 7-5, 7-5 in 2 hours and 5 minutes. The 24-year-old Murray has won 6 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 singles titles by winning two each year for the past three years.
Murray usually records his best results on hard courts and during the next few months will be a player to watch in the American hard court season, US Open, Asian hard court swing and the ATP Tour Finals in London. Pictured above Murray is focused and in position to play this single-handed slice backhand at the 2011 Miami Open.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, in which case we will update you of the changes in later posts of these changes.
This is how the ATP ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players for each round:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + $450,000;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + $224,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 + $114,825;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 + $59,700;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 + $31,280;
- The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 + $16,375;
- The *24 players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + $8,570;
- The 7 players who qualify earn 25 points for qualifying;
- The 7 players who lose in the final round of qualifying earn 16 points + $ 2,000;
- The 14 players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive $ 1,000 but DO NOT earn any ranking points.
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round. A player, who qualifies for the main draw and then loses the 1st round earns 35 points (25+10). A player who starts in the 1st round i.e. a direct acceptance receives 10 points if he loses in the 1st round. However, a wild card recipient does not earn any ranking points if he loses his 1st round match.
From the 2nd round onwards any qualifiers who win, earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 25 points for qualifying. Therefore, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 45 points for making the 2nd round plus 25 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round earns 70 ranking points in total.
The Top 8 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round. If one of the Top 8 seeds loses their first match (in the 2nd round), they are only awarded 10 ATP ranking points and NOT 45 points. So, they are treated as a 1st round loser because they did not win a match even though they were playing in the 2nd round.
A Lucky Loser who loses in the 1st round of the main draw earns 16 points from the qualifying event in addition to the points allocated per round e.g. a 1st round loss by a Lucky Loser equals 16 plus 10, for a total of 26.
The 2011 Canadian Open schedule of play for the entire event is:
- Saturday 6 August: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 7 August: Qualifying 2nd or final round from 10am;
- Monday 8 August: Main Draw 1st round from 12 noon and 5:30pm;
- Tuesday 9 August: 1st & 2nd round from 12 noon and 5:30pm;
- Wednesday 10 August: 2nd round from 12 noon and 5:30pm;
- Thursday 11 August: Round of 16 from 12 noon and 5:30pm;
- Friday 12 August: Quarter Finals from 12 noon and 5:30pm;
- Saturday 13 August: 1st Semi Final at 3pm & 2nd Semi Final at 8pm; and
- Sunday 14 August: The Men’s Singles Final at 2:30pm.
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