The 2011 Houston Open in the USA is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament played on red clay courts from April 2 to 10. The official tournament name is the River Oaks US Men’s Clay Court Championships after the River Oaks International merged with the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in 2008.
The Houston men’s event begins on Saturday April 2 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday April 10 at 2pm. The Houston singles event has a 28-player draw that contains 21 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers and 3 Wild Cards.
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The River Oaks International was first played in 1931 and is still being played on the same surface and at the same venue – the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas in the USA. The centre court has a capacity of 3,500 spectators and the total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is 500,000 US dollars and the prize money being $442,500. The 8 seeds are selected according to the ATP rankings as at 21 March 2011.
The 2010 Houston Open Men’s singles champion was Juan Ignacio CHELA who defeated No.3 seed Sam Querrey in the final 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in 2 hours and 25 minutes. Chela is pictured above after he has made contact with the ball with his double-handed backhand drive at the 2009 US Open. Chela has won 6 ATP Tour singles titles in his career all on clay courts.
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 + $80,650;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + $42,450;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 points + $23,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + $13,100;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + $7,715;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $4,580 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 $360 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the players who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $740 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 Houston Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 2 April: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 9am;
- Sunday 3 April: Qualifying Draw 2nd round from 10am;
- Monday 4 April: Main Draw 1st round from 12 noon and 6pm;
- Tuesday 5 April: Main Draw 1st round from 12 noon and 6pm;
- Wednesday 6 April: 1st round & Round of 16 from 12 noon and 6pm;
- Thursday 7 April: Round of 16 from 12 noon and 6pm;
- Friday 8 April: Quarter Finals from 12 noon and 6pm;
- Saturday 9 April: Semi Finals back-to-back from 1pm; and
- Sunday 10 April: Men’s Singles Final at 2pm.
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photo credit: Robbie Mendelson