The 12th Major Tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour is the Shanghai Open in China. Shanghai only became a Masters event last year and the event was so successful that the ATP players voted Shanghai the ATP Masters tournament of the year. Rolex upgraded its sponsorship to be the title sponsor of Shanghai for 2010 and beyond making the new official name the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Shanghai begins on Saturday 9 October for the men’s event with the qualifying draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 17 October. The 1st round matches of the main draw begin on Sunday 10 October. Shanghai is the only Masters event in Asia and is played on hard courts at the Qi Zhong Stadium. Qi Zhong is pronounced “chee-jong” and is in southwest Shanghai district of Minhang.
The Qi Zhong Stadium has a steel roof with 8 petal-shaped pieces to resemble Shanghai’s city flower the blooming Magnolia. The roof only takes 8 minutes to open or close. The significance of 8 is critical to the Chinese as that is their most auspicious number. The Qi Zhong Tennis Center was specifically built to host the ATP Tour Finals in 2005 to 2008 and the stadium court has a 15,000 person seating capacity.
Pictured above is the 2009 Shanghai Open Men’s singles champion Nikolay DAVYDENKO as he is swinging his racquet towards the ball for this forehand drive. The 29-year-old Davydenko defeated Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 in the final after beating Novak Djokovic in the semi finals in a final set tie-break.
The 1.78m Russian went on to win the 2009 ATP Tour Finals defeating every Grand Slam champion in 2009 to be the champion. Davydenko needs to recapture that form at the Shanghai Open and the Paris Open in order to qualify this year to defend his title because at this stage of the year he is outside the Top 8 best performed players of 2010.
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 Shanghai tournament is 5,250,000 million US dollars, with the total prize money for the men’s singles event being $3,240,000. The winner of the Men’s Singles Final takes home $616,500.
The ATP ranking points and prize money (in US dollars) for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + $616,500;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + $302,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 points + $151,800;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 points + $77,750;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 points + $40,330;
- The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + $21,000;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + 11,000.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $1,350 but DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $2,650 and 16 points. The players who qualify earn 25 points and at least 11,000.
*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.
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 Shanghai Men’s singles event is:
- Saturday 9 October: Qualifying 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 10 October: Qualifying 2nd round from 10am & Main Draw 1st round from 7pm;
- Monday 11 October: Main Draw 1st round from 11am & 7pm;
- Tuesday 12 October: 1st & 2nd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Wednesday 13 October: 2nd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Thursday 14 October: Round of 16 from 11am & 7pm;
- Friday 15 October: Quarter Finals from 10am & 7pm;
- Saturday 16 October: Semi Finals from 12 noon; and
- Sunday 17 October: Men’s Singles Final at 12 noon.
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