The 2011 Brazil Open men’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 7 February at 3pm local time at Costa do Sauipe in Brazil. There are 28 main draw spots divided up between 4 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 21 Direct Acceptances. Brazil is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament played on red clay courts from February 7-12.
Brazil’s total financial commitment is 527,700 US dollars and the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event is $442,500. The official name is the Brasil Open. The last direct acceptance into the draw was Rui MACHADO of Portugal who was ranked No.93 at the cut-off date.As soon as the qualifying event is complete OnCourt Advantage will add the names of the 4 qualifiers into their allocated spots in the draw below.
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The Seeds: In a 32-player sized draw there are 8 seeded players. There are 28 players and 4 spots are allocated as a BYE. This means ONLY the Top 4 seeds have a BYE in the 1st round. The Top 4 seeds await the 12 winners of the 1st round matches. The seeding for the Brazil Open is allocated according to the latest ATP rankings before the draw is made. These latest rankings were released on Monday 31 January.
The 2011 Brazil Open men’s singles seeds are:
1-Nicolas ALMAGRO, 2-Albert MONTANES, 3-Juan Carlos FERRERO, 4-Thomaz BELLUCCI, 5-Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV, 6-Juan Ignacio CHELA, 7-Tommy ROBREDO and 8-Potito STARACE.
If a seeded players withdraws during the next few days before taking the court for their 1st round match OnCourt Advantage will update you of any new developments amongst the seeded players straight away. That seed would be replaced by the next highest ranked direct acceptance i.e. Victor HANESCU.
Seeds Update: Former World No.1, Roland Garros singles champion and defending Brasil Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero, who was scheduled to play his first match in 2011 after coming back from surgery on his wrist and knee has withdrawn.
The Wild Cards: The wild cards are yet to be announced. Details will be posted here as soon as they are known.
Wild Cards Update: All three wild cards went to Brazilians: João SOUZA, Guilherme CLEZAR and Fernando ROMBOLI.
The Qualifiers: The 32-player qualifying tournament began on Saturday 5 February and concludes on Sunday 6 February. As soon as each of the 4 players win their 3rd and final round of qualifying OCA will add their names right here-> Facundo BAGNIS, André GHEM, Rogério SILVA and Leonardo MAYER.
The 2010 Brazil Open Men’s singles champion Juan Carlos Ferrero is pictured above. He defeated Lukasz KUBOT in the final 6-1 6-0 in 1 hour and 1 minute.
The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the quarter finals is:
- Nicolas ALMAGRO (1) v (8) Victor HANESCU
- Thomaz BELLUCCI (3) v (5) Juan Ignacio CHELA
- Potito STARACE (7) v (4) Aleksandr DOLGOPOLOV
- Tommy ROBREDO (6) v (2) Albert MONTANES
The 2011 Brazil Open men’s singles draw for the 1st round is:
- Nicolas ALMAGRO (1) v BYE
- João SOUZA (WC) v (WC) Guilherme CLEZAR
- Rui MACHADO v (Q) Facundo BAGNIS
- Filippo VOLANDRI v (8) Victor HANESCU
- Thomaz BELLUCCI (3) v BYE
- André GHEM (Q) v Carlos BERLOCQ
- Lukasz KUBOT v Eduardo SCHWANK
- Rogério SILVA (Q) v (5) CHELA, Juan Ignacio
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Potito STARACE (7) v Pablo CUEVAS
- Leonardo MAYER (Q) v Igor ANDREEV
- Fernando ROMBOLI (WC) v Ruben RAMIREZ HIDALGO
- BYE v (4) Aleksandr DOLGOPOLOV
- Tommy ROBREDO (6) v Fabio FOGNINI
- Pablo ANDUJAR v Daniel GIMENO-TRAVER
- Santiago GIRALDO v Ricardo MELLO
- BYE v (2) Albert MONTANES
Stay tuned to this tennis website for coverage of every major women’s and men’s tennis tournament on both the WTA and ATP Tours. For details about the next Grand Slams click-> Roland Garros 2011: May 17-June 5 and Wimbledon 2011: June 13-July 3.
photo credit: Christian Mesiano