The 2011 Chennai Open is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament being played for the 16th year this January. The title sponsor is Aircel who have signed-on for another two years to keep India’s only ATP tournament on the men’s professional tennis tour. Chennai is held at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Chennai, India on blue Play Pave hard courts.
The 2011 Aircel Chennai Open event begins on January 1 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 9 January. The Chennai Open 2011 draw is a 32-player draw with 25 direct acceptances of which the Top 8 are seeded, 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards.
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The total financial commitment for the 2011 Chennai Open tournament is 450,000 US dollars with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $398,250. The Men’s Singles Final is played on the centre court called Nungambakkam Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 5,800.
The 2010 Chennai Men’s singles champion Marin CILIC (pictured above) has the chance to become the first player to win Chennai for 3 years in a row. The 1.98m Croatian defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in the final 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3) in 2 hours and 41 minutes. The 22-year-old posted his best Grand Slam result by making the 2010 Australian Open semi finals. He achieved his career high ranking of No.9 on 22 February 2010.
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:
- The winner earns 250 points + $68,450;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + $35,980;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 points + $19,450;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + $11,140;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + $6,555;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $3,885 but DO NOT earn any ranking points.
There is a 32-player qualifying draw. The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn DO NOT earn any money and DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $315 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the payers who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $650 and 6 ranking points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 12 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, do not earn a point. Wild Card entrants who lose in the 1st round DO NOT receive any ranking points.
From the round of 16 onwards any qualifiers who win earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 12 points for qualifying. Therefore a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the round of 16 earns 20 points for making the round of 16 plus 12 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the round of 16 has earns 32 ranking points in total.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Chennai Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 1 January: Qualifying event at 10am;
- Sunday 2 January: Qualifying event at 10am;
- Monday 3 January: Main Draw 1st round at 11am;
- Tuesday 4 January: 1st round at 11am;
- Wednesday 5 January: Round of 16 from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Thursday 6 January: Round of 16 from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Friday 7 January: Quarter Finals from 11am; and
- Saturday 8 January: Semi Finals at 4:30pm; and
- Sunday 9 January: Men’s Singles Final at 4:30pm.
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