The 13th Major Tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour is the Paris Open. Paris is known as the most prestigious indoor tournament and due to title sponsorship rights is officially known as the BNP Paribas Masters. Paris represents the pivotal last chance for the world’s best players to qualify for 1 of the 8 spots in the ATP Tour Finals.
Paris begins on Saturday 6 November for the men’s event with the qualifying draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 14 November. The 1st round matches of the main draw begin on Monday 8 November with just one 1st round featured on Sunday 7 November. Paris is event is played on Greenset on Boards hard courts at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy.
In this post we will cover 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 for the 2010 Paris tournament is 2,750,000 million Euros, with the total prize money for the men’s singles event being €2,227,500. The winner of the Men’s Singles Final takes home €450,000.
The matches each day are played in a day session starting at 11am for the most part and in a night session beginning at 7:30pm. The first two days of the tournament feature the qualifying event and there are no night sessions.
Pictured above is the 2009 Paris Open Men’s singles champion Novak DJOKOVIC as he meeting the ball with his tennis racquet for this forehand drive. The 23 year old Djokovic defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in a great final with an electric atmosphere. The 1.88m Serbian uses the HEAD YouTek Speed Pro tennis racquet.
Djokovic has qualified for the ATP Tour Finals in London next month and has made these Finals for 4 years in a row. His best performance at that tournament was winning the singles title at the 2008 event, which was held in Shanghai. The 2008 Australian Open singles champion will be looking for very strong performances in Paris and London to set himself up for another shot at winning his 2nd Grand Slam singles title in 2011.
The ATP ranking points and prize money in Euros (€) for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + €450,000;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + €212,500;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 points + €105,500;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 points + €55,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 points + €28,900;
- The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + €15,200;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + €8,000.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn €875 but DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn €1,725 and 14 points. The players who qualify earn 25 points and at least €8,000.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 35 points, whereas players who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, only earn 10 points. Wild Card entrants who lose in the 1st round DO NOT receive any ranking points.
*The Top 16 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round. If one of the Top 16 seeds loses their 1st match (in the 2nd round), they are only awarded 10 ATP ranking points and NOT 45. So, they are treated as a 1st round loser because they did not win a match, even though they were playing in the 2nd round.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, in which case we will update you of any changes in later posts.
The schedule of play for the 2010 Paris Men’s singles event is:
- Saturday 6 November: Qualifying 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 7 November: Qualifying 2nd round from 11am & 1 Main Draw 1st round at 2:30pm;
- Monday 8 November: Main Draw 1st round from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Tuesday 9 November: 1st & 2nd round from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Wednesday 10 November: 2nd round from 10:30am & 7:3opm;
- Thursday 11 November: Round of 16 from 1o:30am & 7:30pm;
- Friday 12 November: Quarter Finals at 2pm & from 7:30pm;
- Saturday 13 November: Semi Finals at 2pm; and
- Sunday 14 November: Men’s Singles Final at 3pm.
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photo credit: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas