The 7th Major Tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour in 2010 is the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain. The men’s event begins today and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 16 May. Madrid is the 3rd of the 4 prestigious clay court tournaments in 2010.
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 by this tournament is 3.7 million Euros and the total prize money from that commitment is 2.835 million Euros, with the winner of the men’s singles final in Madrid taking home 585,000 of that.
Pictured above is the 2009 Madrid men’s singles runner-up Rafael Nadal who lost the final to Roger Federer 4-6, 4-6. Nadal is in position and preparing to play his double handed backhand drive.
The 23-year-old Spaniard will be determined to win his 2nd Madrid singles title to break the record that he shares with Andre Agassi for the most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 singles titles won. Making a clean sweep of the 3 Masters 1000 tournaments played on clay this year would certainly eat away at Federer’s confidence in his own ability to win the French Open again this year.
The ATP ranking points and prize money (in Euros) for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + $585,000;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + $270,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 + $131,500;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 + $66,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 + $33,750;
- The *16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 + $17,500;
- The players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + $9,150.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn 1,200 Euros but do NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn 2,400 Euros and 14 points. The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 25 points, whereas players who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, only earn 10 points.
*The Top 8 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round. If one of the Top 8 seeds loses their 1st match (in the 2nd round), they are only awarded 10 ATP ranking points and NOT 45. 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.
The matches each day are played in a day session starting at 11am for the most part and in a night session beginning at 8pm. The 1st two days of the tournament feature the qualifying event and there are no night sessions.
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.
The schedule of play for the men’s singles event at Madrid is:
- Saturday 8 May: 1st round of Qualifying from 11am;
- Sunday 9 May: Qualifying & Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Monday 10 May: 1st round & 2nd round from 11am;
- Tuesday 11 May: 1st round & 2nd round from 11am;
- Wednesday 12 May: 2nd round & round of 16 from 11am;
- Thursday 13 May: Round of 16 from 11am;
- Friday 14 May: Quarter Finals from 11am;
- Saturday 15 May: 1st Semi Final at 2pm & 2nd Semi Final at 6pm; and
- Sunday 16 May: The Men’s Singles Final at 6:30pm.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Madrid for both the men’s and women’s events. Click this link for more details-> Madrid 2010: May 7 – 16.
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