The 2012 Miami Open men’s main draw singles matches begin on Wednesday 21 March at 11am local time in Miami, Florida in the USA. In this post a number of interesting facts will be provided, including how the ATP ranking points and prize money are allocated for each round and what the schedule of play is for the entire tournament.
Miami is an ATP Tour Masters 1000 category tournament making it the 3rd MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ for the men’s professional tennis tour this year. Click this link for details about how you can buy Miami Open Official tennis tickets and you will also find full coverage of Miami.
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The men’s event schedule begins with the 48-player qualifying singles draw on Monday 19 March. The Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday April 1. The total financial commitment for the 2012 men’s tournament is 4,828,050 US dollars, with the total prize money for the men’s singles event being $3,973,050.
3-time Miami runner-up Rafael NADAL will be gunning for his first Miami title after narrowly losing to Novak Djokovic in the final set tiebreak in 2011. The 10-time Grand Slam singles champion is pictured above displaying excellent extension through the hitting zone for this double-handed backhand at the 2012 Australian Open. The 25-year-old Spaniard holds the men’s ATP Tour record for the most Masters 1000 singles titles with his tally of 19.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The ATP ranking points and prize money for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + $659,775;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + $321,990;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 + $161,375;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 + $82,270,
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 + $43,370;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 45 + $23,210;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 25 + $12,530;
- The *32 players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + $7,680;
- The 12 players who qualify earn 16 points for qualifying;
- The 12 players who lose in the final round of qualifying earn 8 points + $2,290;
- The 24 players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive $1,170 but DO NOT earn any ranking points.
The schedule of play for the entire 2012 Miami Open men’s singles draw is:
- Monday 19 March: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Tuesday 20 March: Qualifying Draw 2nd round from 10am;
- Wednesday 21 March: Main Draw 1st round from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Thursday 22 March: 1st round from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Friday 23 March: 2nd round from 11am and 7:30pm
- Saturday 24 March: 2nd round from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Sunday 25 March: 3rd round round from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Monday 26 March: 3rd round from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Tuesday 27 March: Round of 16 from 11am and 7:30pm;
- Wednesday 28 March: Quarter Finals from 11am and 7pm;
- Thursday 29 March: Quarter Finals from 1pm and 7pm;
- Friday 30 March: Semi Finals from 1pm and 7pm;
- Saturday 31 March: no men’s singles matches today; and
- Sunday 1 April: Men’s Singles Finals at 12:30pm.
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.
For further details about the different rankings points allocations for different situations for 1st round losers and for players who gain entry into the main draw from the qualifying event you will be able to click on 18 March here-> Miami 2012 Men’s Qualifying Singles Draw.
To get you started, did you know that if any of the 32 seeded players who lose their first match after being given a bye into the 2nd round are treated as a 1st round loser for ranking points allocation purposes i.e. they receive 10 points for losing their first match.
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