Category Archives: Men’s Major Tournaments

Monte Carlo Tennis 2014 [Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters]

Monte Carlo Masters logo

The 2014 Monte-Carlo Open is the 108th edition of this men’s ATP Tour Masters 1000 category tournament. Monte-Carlo is officially named the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters due to title sponsor naming rights and is the first men’s major tournament of the clay court season each year.

Monte-Carlo runs from the first day of the men’s qualifying event on Saturday 12 April through to the Men’s Singles Final on Sunday 20 April.

The 2013 men’s singles champion was No.1 seed Novak Djokovic who defeated No.3 seed Rafael Nadal in the final 6-1, 7-6 [7-1] to win his first Monte-Carlo singles title and break Nadal’s Open era record breaking run of eight consecutive singles title at the same tournament.

Monte-Carlo is held at Monte Carlo Country Club in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in France, which borders on Monaco along the beautiful French Riviera. OnCourt Advantage will be following this tournament and recommends you to buy your official 2014 Monte-Carlo tennis tickets by pasting: http://www.montecarlotennismasters.com/Tickets/Tickets.aspx into your address bar then pressing enter.

To support tennis, follow this event in detail and to be able to interact with the tournament, I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the official Facebook and Twitter pages just as I do by pasting http://www.facebook.com/MonteCarloRolexMasters into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there plus https://twitter.com/MCRolexMasters then pressing “Follow” once you are there.

 

ATP Tour Finals 2013 Championship Match: Djokovic v Nadal

Novak Djokovic at the ATP Tour Finals in LondonNovak Djokovic won back-to-back ATP World Tour Finals titles and for his third time (also in 2008), by defeating Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-4 in 1 hour 36 minutes. The 2013 year-end World No.2 collected US$1,923,000 in prize money and earned the maximum 1,500 ATP Ranking points by going undefeated with five straight wins against Top 10 ranked opponents.

Nole has now defeated Rafa twice in a row and by the same score line (China Open in Beijing) to set a 51-5 hard court record this year plus go to 13-7 versus Nadal on his beloved hard courts. The 1.85m Spaniard and the 1.88m Serbian have gone head-to-head more times than any other duo in the open-era with 39 (22-17 in Rafa’s favour).

In just the 5th No.1 versus No.2 final in the 44-year history of the year-end tournament (but third time in the past 4 years), the 26-year-old Djokovic equalled his 2nd longest career winning streak by notching up win No.22. In 2010-2011 the 6-time Grand Slam singles champion won 43 consecutive singles matches.

Djokovic won his seventh singles title this year, a 72nd win to 9 losses, collecting three Masters 1000 titles and the Australian Open in 2013 and still has the Davis Cup final in his hometown to look forward too.

The 27-year-old Nadal won US$1,013,000 and earned 1,000 ATP Ranking points to finish with a 75-7 win-less record in 2013 plus the coveted World No.1 ranking. Rafa won 10 singles titles in 2013 including Roland Garros, the US Open and 5 Masters 1000 trophies.

We can’t wait to have the women’s WTA yera-end finals equivalent to these men’s Tour Finals here in Singapore in 2014!!!

© photo courtesy of HEAD Tennis

Cincinnati Open Tennis 2013

Cincinnati Open tennis logo

The 2013 Cincinnati Open tennis championships are one of the “Big 14″ major tournaments on both the men’s and women’s tours. Cincinnati is both the seventh of the nine ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and of the nine major WTA Premier category tournaments in 2013.

OnCourt Advantage makes it easier for YOU to find the information you are looking for by listing each web page related to the Cincinnati Open below.

Click this link for information on how to buy your Official 2013 Cincinnati Open tennis tickets. The men’s and women’s events began in 1899 and the women’s, with the women’s not being held from 1974 in 1987 and 1989 to 2003.

The tournament venue is the Linder Family Tennis Centre in Cincinnati, Ohio in the USA. The court surface is Deco Turf II hard court and the centre court seating capacity is 10,500.

The 2013 edition of this tournament runs  from the first day of qualifying on Saturday 10 August through to the Singles Final Day on  Sunday 18 August. The qualifying events are held on Saturday and Sunday August 10 and 11, with the main draw singles events commencing on Sunday 11 August for the men and Monday 12 August for the women. 

The 2012 women’s singles champion was No.9 seed Li Na who defeated No.5 seed Angelique Kerber in the final 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 to become the ninth consecutive different women’s champion. The 2012 singles champion was No.1 seed Roger Federer who won his fifth Cincinnati title in the past eight years by defeating No.2 seed Novak Djokovic in the final 6-0, 7-6 (9-7).

  1. Cincinnati Open Tennis 2012
  2. Cincinnati Open 2010

Canadian Open Tennis 2013

Canadian Open Tennis logoThe 2013 Canadian Open tennis championships are one of the “Big 14″ major tournaments on both the men’s and women’s tours. Montreal is the sixth of of the nine ATP Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in 2013, whereas the women’s championships in Toronto are the sixth of the nine major Premier category tournaments in 2013.

OnCourt Advantage makes it easier for YOU to find the information you are looking for by listing each web page related to the Canadian Open below.

Click this link for information on how to buy your Official 2013 Canadian Open tennis tickets for the women’s tournament in Toronto and the men’s tournament in Montreal. The Canadian Open is the third longest running tennis tournament in history after Wimbledon and the US Open and is run by Tennis Canada. The men’s event began in 1881 and the women’s in 1892.

In odd numbered years like this year the men play in Montreal and the the women play in Toronto and in even numbered years it is the opposite. The Toronto tournament venue is the Rexall Centre at York University and the Montreal venue is in Quebec at the Uniprix Stadium. The court surface is Deco Turf hard courts, the centre court seating capacity in Montreal is 11,715 and the Toronto centre court has seating for 8,000.

The 2013 edition of this tournament runs  from the first day of qualifying on Saturday 3 August through to the Singles Final Day on  Sunday 11 August. The qualifying events are held on Saturday and Sunday August 3 and 4, with the main draw singles events commencing on Monday 5 August. 

The 2012 women’s singles champion was No.5 seed Petra Kvitova who defeated No.10 seed Li Na in the final 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 to become the ninth straight different women’s champion. The 2012 singles champion was No.1 seed Novak Djokovic who won back-to-back Canadian Open titles by defeating No.14 seed Richard Gasquet in the final 6-3, 6-2.

  1. Canadian Open Tennis 2012
  2. Canadian Open 2011
  3. Canadian Open 2010

ATP Tour Finals in London 2013: The Countdown

The 2013 ATP Tour Finals are the culmination of the ATP Tour tournament calendar, where The ATP Tour champion (year-end World No.1) will be crowned during an illustrious on-court presentation at at London’s O2 Arena.

The official name of the ATP Tour Finals due to title sponsorship naming rights is the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Get ATP tickets to London so you can see the biggest names in world tennis battle it out for the fifth year running at the O2 Arena -. the 2013 tournament is the 44th year of the event, which runs from the 4th-11th November.

Find tickets on StubHub to the other great events as the best players in the world race to secure one of the eight coveted spots in the Finals.

The 2012 men’s singles champion was Novak Djokovic who defeated 6-time champion Roger Federer in the final 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 to win his second year-end championships singles title (the first was in 2008). This year the  ATP Tour Finals trophy (pictured above) will be renamed, “The Brad Drewett Trophy” in memory of the ATP Executive Chairman and President who passed away on the 3rd of May this year.

Last year, Djokovic highlighted how challenging the ATP tournament is, and it’s high degree of difficulty when compared to other tournaments “Obviously everybody agrees that this tournament is a crown for all the achievements of the year. Every match that you’re playing is at probably the highest level in our sport, then you have to be on top of your game to win it. Everyone wants to finish the season in great style, that’s what makes this event even more competitive.”

As at 8 July 2013 the leaders in the race for the final seven spots in London are:

1) 7,010 – Rafael Nadal qualified on June 10 after winning Roland Garros
2) 6,230 – Novak Djokovic*
3) 5,160 – Andy Murray*
4) 4,440 – David Ferrer
5) 2,775 – Tomas Berdych
6) 2,515 – Roger Federer
7) 2,445 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
8) 2,370 – Juan Martin Del Potro

9) 2,150 – Stanislas Wawrinka
10) 1,855 – Richard Gasquet

*Djokovic and Murray have unofficially qualified for the 2013 ATP Tour Finals. Any Grand Slam singles champion during the calendar year who finishes the season ranked in the Top 20 qualifies for the Tour Finals. Each already holds an aggregate of over 5,000 ATP points, this makes it is impossible for the Wimbledon finalists to finish outside the Top 20.

© photo credit: HEAD Tennis

 

Rome 2013 Men’s Singles Draw

Novak DjokovicThe 2013 Rome Open main draw men’s singles matches began on Sunday 12 May at 1pm local time in Rome. Below OnCourt Advantage details a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw are provided, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.

The men’s singles draw has a 56-player draw consisting of 7 Qualifiers, 4 Wildcards and 45 Direct Acceptances of whom 16 become The Seeds. The direct acceptances are the 45 highest ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete.  The cut-off date for entry was 25 March 2013 and Albert RAMOS of Spain with a ranking of No.51 that week was the last direct acceptance.

The official Rome main draw ceremony was held at the Foro Italico on Friday 10 May. The full list of the men’s singles draw will be added here-> Rome 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: 1st Round. To watch the tennis in Singapore you need to add 6 hours to the local time in Rome to work out the equivalent Singapore time for this daily 2013 Rome Order of Play.

The Seeds:

A seeding is allocated to the 16 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 6 May 2013.

Only the Top 8 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round and await the 24 winners of the 1st round matches in the 2nd round. This means that the the Top 8 seeds play one round against lower ranked opponent (unseeded player), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.

The Wildcards:

All of the 4 wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Friday 10 May as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day.

The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.

The wildcard recipients were all Italians-> the 3rd highest ranked Italian male Paolo LORENZI, No.5 Filippo VOLANDRI, No.6 Matteo VIOLA and No.14 Potito STARACE.

The Qualifiers:

The 28-player qualifying tournament began on Saturday 11 May and was played over two days. The 7 qualifiers names were then drawn and added to complete the main singles draw in the evening of Sunday 11 May.

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis

Rome 2013 Men’s Schedule of Play

The 2013 Rome men’s singles main draw matches begin on Sunday 12 May at 1pm local time in Rome, Italy and are being played at the Foro Italico sports complex originally named Foro Mussolini. Below OnCourt Advantage lists a number of interesting facts, including how the ATP ranking points and prize money are allocated for each round and what the schedule of play is for the entire tournamentto make it easier for YOU to follow, watch or attend Rome.

Rome is an ATP Tour Masters 1000 category tournament making it the 6th major tournament of the “BIG 14″ for the men’s professional tennis tour this year. Buy your Rome Official tennis tickets now! To watch the tennis in Singapore you need to add 6 hours to the local time in Rome to work out the equivalent Singapore time for this daily 2013 Rome Order of Play.

Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.

The ATP ranking points and prize money for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:

  1. The winner earns 1,000 points + € 501,700;
  2. The runner-up earns 600 points + € 246,000;
  3. The two semi finalists earn 360 + € 123,800;
  4. The four quarter finalists earn 180 + € 62,950,
  5. The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 + € 32,700;
  6. The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 + € 17,235; and
  7. The *24 players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + € 9,305.

The schedule of play for the entire 2013 Rome men’s singles draw is:

  • Saturday 11 May: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
  • Sunday 12 May: Qualifying 2nd round from 10am;
  • Sunday 12 May: Main Draw 1st round from 1pm;
  • Monday 13 May: 1st round from 11am;
  • Tuesday 14 May: 1st round & 2nd round from 11am;
  • Wednesday 15 May: 2nd round & round of 16 from 11am;
  • Thursday 16 May: Round of 16 from 11am;
  • Friday 17 May: Quarter Finals from 12pm;
  • Saturday 18 May: 1st Semi Final at 4pm & 2nd Semi Final at 8pm; and
  • Sunday 19 May: Men’s Singles Finals at 4pm.

*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.

For further details about the different rankings points allocations for different situations for 1st round losers and for players who gain entry into the main draw from the qualifying event you will be able to click here once the following post is completed-> Rome 2013 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying.

© photo courtesy of Babolat follow @Babolat on Twitter.

First published on 27 March 2013

Rome Open Tennis 2013

Rome tennis logo

The 2013 Italian Open in Rome runs from the first day of qualifying on Friday 10 May through to the Singles Finals day on Sunday 19 May. Rome is one of the “BIG 14″ major tournaments each year on both tours, because  the men’s event is an ATP Tour Masters 1,000 category tournament and the women’s event is a WTA Premier FIVE category tournament.

The 70th edition of Rome is officially named the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, which means Italy’s International Championships and BNL are part of the BNP Paribas banking group. Rome is the capital of Italy plus it’s largest city and the fourth largest in the European Union. 

OnCourt Advantage who runs tennis coaching, tennis training and tennis lessons in Singapore, would love to attend this tournament in Rome in Italy. If you are able to then you should go directly to the information on how to buy your official 2013 Italian Open in Rome tennis tickets by pasting: http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.com/Tickets/Buy-Tickets-Online1.aspx into your address bar then press enter.

I encourage you to “Follow” Rome on Twitter like I do, the official handle is @InteBNLdItalia and the official 2013 hashtag is #IBI13. Please “Like” the official Facebook page just as I do by pasting http://www.facebook.com/pages/Internazionali-BNL-dItalia/267627913872?ref=ts into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there.

Rome is being held at the Foro Italico site in Roma in Italy. The court surface is red clay courts and the stadium court seats 10,500 people. The prize money that will be awarded to the women’s and men’s singles champions is $385,000 and € 460,260 respectively to each champion. 

The 2012 women’s singles champion was No.2 seed Maria SHARAPOVA who defeated No.8 seed LI Na in the final 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) to win her 26th WTA singles title and earn 900 WTA ranking points. The 2012 men’s singles champion was No.2 seed Rafael NADAL who defeated No.1 seed Novak DJOKOVIC in the final 7-5 6-3 to win his 6th Rome singles title and 49th ATP singles title, plus earn 1,000 ATP ranking points.

  1. Rome 2013 Men’s Schedule of Play
  2. Rome Women’s Major Tournament
  3. Rome Men’s Major Tournament
  4. Italian Open in Rome 2012
  5. Italian Open in Rome 2010
  6. ATP Major Tournaments 2013
  7. ATP Tournaments
  8. WTA Major Tournaments 2013
  9. WTA Tournaments

First published 24 March 2013