Miami Men’s Major Tournament

The 3rd Major Tournament on the ATP Tour in 2010 is the Miami Open, which is in Florida, USA. Miami has been called the Sony Ericsson Open since 2007. Miami is often referred to as the 5th Grand Slam and has been formerly known as Ericsson Open, NASDAQ-100 Open, Lipton Championships and originally the Lipton International Players Championships.

Miami is one of the most important tournaments on the ATP Tour  because it is one of the prestigious ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments of which their are only 9 for the entire year. Miami is held at the Crandon Park Tennis Center where the stadium court seats 13,800 people and the court surface is Laykold Cushion Plus hard courts.

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The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category events have 4.5 million dollars in prize money. To put it into perspective in terms of the world famous Grand Slam tournaments, the winner of Miami is weighted above making a Grand Slam semi final as the winner earns more ATP ranking points and prize money in comparison.

This year is the 26th consecutive year that the Miami tournament will be held and the Penn ATP tennis ball will be used. The 2006 Miami event was the first tournament in the USA to use electronic line calling. Hawkeye was used on the stadium court and later that year the US Open followed suit and used electronic line calling for the first time.

The singles main draw consists of 96 players and the ceremony for making the draw will be held on Monday 22 March at 2:30pm local time. There are 5 main draw wild cards and 12 spots reserved for qualifiers.

The qualifying draw will have 48 players which means that you need to win 2 matches in a row in order to qualify. There will be 32 seeded players who all receive a BYE in the 1st round. Therefore 64 players play in the 1st round with the 32 winners joining the 32 seeds in the 2nd round.

The ATP rankings as of February 17, 2010 were used to determine which players would be accepted into the singles main draws. There were 79 direct acceptances with the cut-off being World No.85 Christophe Rochus of Belgium. The cut-off is the ranking of the last player (lowest ranked player), who is directly accepted into the main draw.

The wild cards were awarded to World No.161 David Nalbandian of Argentina, World No. 505 Carlos Moya of Spain, World No. 441 Mario Ancic of Croatia, World No. 248 Ryan Harrison from the USA and World No.331 Filip Krajinovic of Serbia who has just turned 18 years old.

Last year the No.4 seed Andy Murray won Miami by defeating the 2007 Miami champion Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-5 in the final. The Scot won 1,000 ATP ranking points for that victory whilst Djokovic the No.3 seed won 600 ATP ranking points as the runner-up.

Murray who is captured above playing a single handed slice backhand, beat Juan Martin del Potro in the 2009 Miami semi finals & Fernando Verdasco in the quarter finals. Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the semis & Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters. The other 2 quarter finalists were Andy Roddick who lost to Federer and Rafael Nadal who lost to del Potro.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Miami. Click this link for more details including the Schedule of Play for Miami-> Miami 2010: March 22-April 4.

Today’s POST is dedicated to Thomas Johansson. Johansson was born on this day in 1975 and he won the 2002 Australian Open Grand Slam singles title. The Swede first achieved his highest career ranking of World No.7 on 10 May 2002.

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