The first of the biggest and most prestigious tournaments of 2010 is over. So what’s next in terms of major tournaments on the men’s ATP Tour? The world’s best players in men’s tennis will be playing in all 4 Grand Slams and are automatically entered into the 9 major tournaments, which are called ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events.
The men battle it out on the ATP Tour throughout the year in an effort to qualify for one extra tournament that only 8 players can qualify for. This event is the end of year championships where the chance to become the 2010 ATP World Tour Champion (which is the player who ends the year ranked as the World No.1), is up for grabs.
The following is a run down on what the 14 biggest tournaments are in 2010, where they will be played and when the top players will be there competing. This list is in date order and the starting date is the first day of qualifying for each event. In this post we will cover the first 5 tournaments.
- The Australian Open
- Indian Wells
- Roland Garros
- The US Open
- ATP World Tour Finals
The Australian Open is the first of 4 Grand Slams in 2010
The Australian Open is in Melbourne, Australia, is held at Melbourne Park and is now being called The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific. The centre court is called the Rod Laver Arena. The singles main draw had 128 players in it and was played on hard courts. When it was held: January 13 to 31.
Indian Wells is the first of 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. Where: Indian Wells is in the USA. This year this event is called the BNP Paribas Open and is held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The singles main draw will have 96 players in it and will be played on hard courts. When: March 8 to 21.
Miami is the 2nd of 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. Where: Miami is in the USA. This year this event is called the Sony Ericsson Open and is held at the Crandon Park Tennis Center. The singles main draw will have 96 players in it and will be played on hard courts. When: March 22 to April 4.
Monte-Carlo is the 3rd of 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. Where: Monte-Carlo is in Monaco. This year this event is called the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and is held at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. The singles main draw will have 56 players in it and is the first major clay court tournament of the year. When: April 10 to 18.
Rome is the 4th of 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. Where: Rome is in Italy. This year this event is called the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and is held at the Foro Italico. The singles main draw will have 56 players in it and it will be played on clay courts. When: April 24 to May 2.
Pictured above is Rafael Nadal driving right through the ball with his double handed backhand. Nadal failed to defend his Australian Open victory over Federer in 2009. This meant that Nadal’s 2,000 points from winning the 2009 Australian Open dropped off his ATP ranking points tally.
The former World No.1 with his quarter final result at this year’s Australian Open earned 360 ATP points. The Spaniard lost 1,640 (2,000 minus 360) points, which meant he dropped down from No.2 to be the current World No.4.
Last year the 23 year old Nadal won 4 other tournaments including 3 Masters 1000 events: Indian Wells, Monte-Carlo and Rome. The pressure is really on Nadal now given the points he earned from those 4 tournament victories (3,500), drop-off his ranking in a short time frame March 22 to May 3.
Nadal will have to match those results this year or face dropping out of the Top 4. If this happens then means will start meeting Federer in quarter finals in tournaments instead of, for example, the French Open final!
Each tournament seeks sponsors, especially title sponsors who buy the naming rights of the tournament. This means that the name of each tournament can and does change. To make it easier to follow, we will often use a term for each tournament that allows you to identify that particular tournament regardless of whether these tournaments change their names.
For the 14 major tournaments the terms we use are:
- Australian Open
- Indian Wells Open
- Miami Open
- Monte-Carlo Open
- Rome Open
- Madrid Open
- Roland Garros
- Canadian Open
- Cincinnati Open
- US Open
- China Open
- Paris Open
- ATP Tour Finals
Stay tuned, as coverage of major tournaments No.6 to 14 will follow soon.
For further information about these tournaments and how the men’s tennis tour works, read these links on this tennis website -> Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #1 and Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #2.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Manuel Orantes. Orantes was born on this day in 1949. The Spaniard won 1 Grand Slam singles title by defeating No.1 seed Jimmy Connors at the 1975 US Open. He first achieved his highest career ranking of World No.2 on 23 August 1973.
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