Monte Carlo 2011 Men’s Schedule of Play

The Monte Carlo Open is the 4th MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ in 2011 for the men’s professional tennis tour. The 105th year of this event is being held at the Monte Carlo Country Club in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in France (which borders on Monaco). For the third straight year the official name of Monte Carlo due to title sponsorship naming rights is the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.

The 2011 Monte Carlo Open is an ATP World Tour Masters 1,000 category tournament played on red clay courts. To put Monte Carlo into perspective in terms of the world famous Grand Slam tournaments, the winner of Monte Carlo is weighted above making a Grand Slam semi final. This is because the winner of Monte Carlo earns more ATP ranking points and prize money in comparison.

The Monte Carlo Open is the first of the 3 prestigious ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments that will be played on clay courts this year. This post will cover how the ATP Tour ranking points and prize money are allocated plus what the schedule of play is for the entire tournament.

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The men’s event begins on Saturday April 9 with the 24-player qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday April 17. The centre court has a seating capacity of 10,113. The total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is 2,543,750 Euros (€) and the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event is € 2,227,500. The singles event has a 64-draw containing 56 players consisting of 45 direct acceptances, 8 byes, 7 Qualifiers and 4 Wild Cards.

There will be 16 seeded players with only the Top 8 seeds receiving 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 4 April 2011.

The 2010 Monte Carlo Open Men’s singles champion was No.2 seed Rafael NADAL who defeated fellow Spaniard and No.6 seed Fernando Verdasco in the final 6-0 6-1 in 1 hour and 26 minutes. The World No.1 is a 9-time Grand Slam singles champion and has won an ATP Tour record 18 Masters 1000 singles titles.

The 1.85m Nadal is pictured above after he has made contact with the ball with his double-handed backhand drive. The left-hander won a historic 6th straight Monte Carlo title in 2010 and going for 7 in a row this year. The King of Clay went on to become the first player ever to win the Clay Slam in by winning all 3 clay court Masters 1000 titles in one year and win Roland Garros a fifth time.

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:

  1. The winner earns 1,000 points + € 438,000;
  2. The runner-up earns 600 points + € 205,000;
  3. The two semi finalists earn 360 points + € 104,400;
  4. The four quarter finalists earn 180 points + € 53,500;
  5. The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 points + € 27,750;
  6. The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + € 14,635;
  7. The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + € 7,715;
  8. The 7 players who qualify earn 25 points for qualifying;
  9. The 7 players who lose in the final round of qualifying earn 16 points + € 1,820;
  10. The 14 players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive € 900 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 direct acceptance who starts in the 1st round and loses receives 10 points. A wild card recipient who loses in the 1st round does not earn any ranking points.

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.

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 Monte Carlo Open schedule of play for the entire event is:

  • Saturday 9 April: 1st round of Qualifying from 11am;
  • Sunday 10 April: Qualifying 2nd round & Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
  • Monday 11 April: 1st round from 10:30am;
  • Tuesday 12 April: 2nd round from 10:30am;
  • Wednesday 13 April: 2nd round from 10:30am;
  • Thursday 14 April: Round of 16 from 10:30am;
  • Friday 15 April: Quarter Finals from 10:30am;
  • Saturday 16 April: Semi Finals back-to-back from 11:30am; and
  • Sunday 17 April: The Men’s Singles Final at 2:30pm.

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