The 12th MAJOR Tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour is the Shanghai Open in China. Shanghai only became a Masters event in 2009 and the event was so successful that the ATP players voted Shanghai the ATP Masters tournament of the year that year. To watch the tennis in Singapore follow the times listed below because the time is the same in Shanghai and Singapore.
Shanghai begins on Saturday 8 October for the men’s event with the qualifying draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 16 October. The 1st round matches of the main draw begin on Sunday 9 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 2010 Shanghai Open Men’s singles champion Andy MURRAY as he is swinging his racquet towards the ball for this backhand drive at the 2011 US Open. The 24-year-old Murray defeated Roger Federer 6-3 6-2 in the final in 1 hour and 25 minutes to win his 6th ATP Masters 1000 singles title.
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 will be covered. The total financial commitment for the 2011 Shanghai tournament is 5,650,000 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 $620,000.
The ATP ranking points and prize money for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + $620,000;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + $304,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 points + $153,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 points + $77,800;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 points + $40,400;
- The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + $21,300;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + 11,500.
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 2011 Shanghai Men’s singles event is:
- Saturday 8 October: Qualifying 1st round from 12pm;
- Sunday 9 October: Qualifying 2nd round from 12pm & Main Draw 1st round from 7pm;
- Monday 10 October: Main Draw 1st round from 1pm & 7pm;
- Tuesday 11 October: 1st & 2nd round from 1pm & 7pm;
- Wednesday 12 October: 2nd round from 1pm & 7pm;
- Thursday 13 October: Round of 16 from 1pm & 7pm;
- Friday 14 October: Quarter Finals from 1pm & 7pm;
- Saturday 15 October: Semi Finals at 4:30pm and 8pm;
- Sunday 16 October: Men’s Singles Final at 4:30pm.
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