The 10th Major Tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour is Cincinnati in the USA. The Western and Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati is one of the major tournaments on the ATP Tour calendar. It is a major tournament because it 1 of only 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category events.
The Cincinnati Masters begins on Saturday 14 August for the men’s event with the qualifying draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 22 August. The 1st round matches of the main draw begin on Sunday 15 August. Cincinnati is played on hard courts at the Lindner Family Tennis Centre in the suburb of Mason, Ohio in Cincinnati.
This event was originally known as the Cincinnati Open and began in 1899. The tournament has had 6 name changes and 3 of those were for title sponsorship rights. In 2002 the current title sponsor Western & Southern Financial Group signed on.
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 Cincinnati W&SFG Masters tournament is 3 million dollars (in US dollars) with the total prize money for the men’s singles event being $2,430,000. The winner of the Men’s Singles Final takes home $443,500.
Pictured above is the 2009 Cincinnati singles runner-up Novak DJOKOVIC getting into position and preparing for this backhand drive. The 23 year old Djokovic will be hoping to make it 3rd time lucky this year at Cincinnati. The 1.88m Serbian has been a runner-up for the past two years.
Djokovic has won fourMasters Singles titles on hard court thus far and is the current World No.2 after overtaking Roger Federer right after Wimbledon. At Wimbledon he progressed further than Federer by making the semi-finals.
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.
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 Cincinnati Men’s singles event (W&SFG) is:
- Saturday 14 August: Qualifying 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 15 August: Qualifying 2nd round from 10am & Main Draw 1st round from 7pm;
- Monday 16 August: Main Draw 1st round from 11am & 7pm;
- Tuesday 17 August: 1st & 2nd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Wednesday 18 August: 2nd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Thursday 19 August: Round of 16 from 11am & 7pm;
- Friday 20 August: Quarter Finals from 10am & 7pm;
- Saturday 21 August: 1st Semi at 12 noon & 2nd Semi Final at 7pm;
- Sunday 22 August: Men’s Singles Final at 12 noon.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for more coverage of both the men’s and women’s events in Cincinnati. Click this link for the details thus far-> Cincinnati 2010: August 7 – 22.
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