The 4th Major Tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour in 2010 is the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. 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. In this post 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 2,543,750 Euros with 2,227,500 of that total being allocated to prize money. The prize money is defined as the money that is awarded to the players who win at least one match from the total financial commitment amount. The total financial commitment is the tournament’s financial investment in the tournament. This includes money spent on the ATP fees such as marketing fees, possible contributions to the bonus pool and of course, the prize money.
Pictured above is Novak Djokovic moments after making contact with the ball during his service motion. The 22-year-old Djokovic made the semi finals in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2009. This year the World No.2 will be looking to go one better and win his first Monte-Carlo title to close the ranking points gap on Roger Federer’s World No.1 even further.
The ATP ranking points and prize money (in Euros), for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players in the following way:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + 434,000;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + 203,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 + 103,450;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 + 53,000,
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 + 27,500;
- The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 + 14,500;
- The players* who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + 7,650.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn 900 Euros but do not receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn 1,800 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 first match, only earn 10 points.
*At least that is what the tournament information states. On closer examination all 3 players who qualified in 2009 and then lost in the 1st round were awarded 35 points to their ATP ranking instead of the stated 25. Also, only one of the 3 wild cards last year lost his 1st round match and he was not awarded any points. This is as opposed to direct acceptances who when they lost in the 1st round were awarded 10 points.
The matches are played in the day session with matches starting between 10:30am and 11:30am local time in Monte-Carlo. The starting time for the day session varies throughout the tournament and is listed below for each day, except for the Men’s Singles Final, which commences at 2:30pm.
This tournament begins on Saturday 10 April and is played everyday through to and including Sunday 18 April, which is the day of the Men’s Singles Final. The 1st two days of the tournament are for 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 entire singles event at Monte-Carlo is:
- Saturday 10 April: 1st round of Qualifying from 11am;
- Sunday 11/4: Qualifying 2nd round & Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Monday 12 April: Main Draw 1st round from 10:30am;
- Tuesday 13 April: 1st round from 10:30am;
- Wednesday 14 April: 2nd round from 10:30am;
- Thursday 15 April: Round of 16 from 10:30am;
- Friday 16 April: Quarter Finals from 10:30am;
- Saturday 17 April: Semi Finals from 11:30am; and
- Sunday 18 April: The Men’s Singles Final at 2:30pm.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about Monte-Carlo. Click this link for more details-> Monte-Carlo 2010: April 10-18.
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