The Madrid Open is the 5th MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ in 2011 for the men’s professional tennis tour. Madrid is being held at “La Caja Mágica” i.e. The Magic Box, also known as the Manzanares Park Tennis Center for the 3rd straight year in Madrid, Spain. The official name of Madrid due to title sponsorship naming rights is the Mutua Madrid Open.
The 2011 Madrid Open is an ATP World Tour Masters 1,000 category tournament, which was previously held indoors on hard courts up until 2008 at the Madrid Arena at the “Casa de Campo” i.e. the Country House. This year for the very first time Madrid is being played before the Rome Open Masters 1000 tournament as the 2nd of the 4 major clay court tournaments of the year.
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To put Madrid into perspective in terms of the world famous Grand Slam tournaments, the winner of Madrid is weighted above making a Grand Slam semi final. This is because the Madrid winner earns more ATP ranking points and prize money in comparison. The men’s event begins on Saturday April 30 with the 28-player qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday May 8.
The centre court has a seating capacity of 13,800 and the total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is 3,706,000 Euros (€), with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being € 2,835,000. The singles event has a 64-draw containing 56 players consisting of 45 direct acceptances, 7 Qualifiers and 4 Wild Cards.
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 25 April 2011.
The 2010 Madrid Open Men’s singles champion was No.2 seed Rafael Nadal who reversed his straight sets loss result against Roger Federer in 2009. As the No.2 seed the 24-year-old Spaniard defeated the No.1 seeded Federer in the final 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in 2 hours and 11 minutes to win his second Madrid singles title after winning his first in 2005.
Pictured above is the 1.85m left-handed Nadal in position and preparing to play his double-handed backhand drive on this day exactly 1 year ago. The current World No.1 was the first player in history to win the “Clay Slam” in 2010 i.e. all four major clay court singles titles in one year. The King of Clay won the first leg of the Clay Slam in 2011 by winning his 7th straight Monte Carlo Open this year.
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 + € 590,000;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + € 275,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 + € 133,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 + € 67,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 + € 34,000;
- The *16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 + € 17,600;
- The players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + € 9,175;
- The 7 players who qualify earn 25 points for qualifying;
- The 7 players who lose in the final round of qualifying earn 16 points + € 2,400;
- The 14 players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive € 1,200 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 or 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 Madrid Open schedule of play for the entire event is:
- Saturday 30 April: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Sunday 1 May: Qualifying 2nd or final round from 11am;
- Sunday 1 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Monday 2 May: 1st round from 11am;
- Tuesday 3 May: 1st & 2nd round from 11am;
- Wednesday 4 May: 2nd round & Round of 16 from 11am;
- Thursday 5 May: Round of 16 from 11am;
- Friday 6 May: Quarter Finals from 11am;
- Saturday 7 May: 1st Semi Final at 2pm & 2nd Semi Final at 6pm; and
- Sunday 8 May: The Men’s Singles Final at 6:30pm.
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