photo credit:Bas Van Uyen
The 4th Major Tournament in 2010 for the women’s and the 3rd major tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour is called the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida in the USA. The Miami Open runs from Monday 22 March through to Sunday 4 April.
In this post we will cover how both the WTA Tour and ATP Tour ranking points and prize money are allocated, plus the schedule of play for both the men’s and women’s draws.
The WTA ranking points and prize money (in US dollars), for the women’s tournament is awarded to the players in the following way:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + $700,000;
- The runner-up earns 700 points + $350,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 450 + $150,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 250 + $64,700,
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 140 + $32,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 80 + $18,740;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 50 + $11,150;
- The 32 players who lose in the 1st round earn 5 points + $7,050.
The ATP ranking points and prize money (in US dollars), for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players in the following way:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + $605,500;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + $295,500;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 + $148,100;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 + $75,500,
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 + $39,800;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 45 + $21,300;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 25 + $11,500;
- The 32 players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + $7,050.
The differences in how the men’s and women’s tours divide their prize money and allocate their ranking points is interesting, especially considering that the total prize money is equal for both draws.
Both tours award the winner the same amount of points i.e. 1,000 and the same amount of prize money to the 1st round losers. The women offer more ranking points for every other round i.e the runner-up, the semis, the quarters and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds. The women also award more prize money to the winner, runner-up and the semi finalists.
The men offer more points to the 1st round losers i.e 10 ATP ranking points versus the WTA’s 5 points & more prize money to the lesser rounds i.e. quarter finals & the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds. All of the points allocations and prize money awarded for both men’s & women’s tours is identical to Indian Wells.
The matches are played in a day session and an evening session. The starting time for the day session varies throughout the tournament and is listed below for each day. The night session is at 7pm local time in Miami everyday from Wednesday 24 March through to and including Friday 2 April, except for Saturday 27 March where it begins at 8pm local time.
For the 1st two days of the tournament and for the Women’s and Men’s Singles finals there are no night sessions.
Note: Hong Kong time is 12 hours ahead of Miami so a 10am start in Miami on Wednesday 24 March will be televised at 10pm Hong Kong time. Please let us know if you need any further details about at what time YOU can see it AND on what channel.
The schedule of play for the entire event at Miami is:
- Monday 22 March: Women’s (WTA) & Men’s (ATP) Qualifying at 9am;
- Tuesday 23/3: WTA & ATP Qualifying + WTA 1st round from 9am;
- Wednesday 24 March: WTA & ATP 1st round from 10am;
- Thursday 25/3: WTA 2nd round & ATP 1st round from 10am;
- Friday 26 March: WTA & ATP 2nd round from 10am;
- Saturday 27/3: WTA 3rd round & ATP 2nd round from 10am;
- Sunday 28 March: WTA & ATP 3rd round from 10am;
- Monday 29 March: WTA 4th round & ATP 3rd round from 11am;
- Tuesday 30/3: WTA Quarter Finals & ATP 4th round from 11am;
- Wednesday 31/3: WTA & ATP Quarter Finals from 11am;
- Thursday 1/4: WTA Semi Finals & ATP Quarter Finals from 1pm;
- Friday 2 April: ATP Semi Finals at 12 noon & 7pm;
- Saturday 3 April: The Women’s Singles Final at 12:30pm; and
- Sunday 4 April: The Men’s Singles Final at 12:30pm.
Serena Williams is pictured above running forward to attack a forehand drive. Serena was soundly beaten by Victoria Azarenka 6-3 6-1 in the 2009 Miami singles final. This year Serena will be after her 6th Miami title to move ahead of Steffi Graf who also won 5 Miami titles.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information and news at Miami throughout the tournament.