The 2011 Memphis Open men’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 14 February at 10am local time in the Tennessee in the USA. There are 32 main draw spots divided up between 4 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 25 Direct Acceptances. Memphis is an ATP World Tour 500 category tournament played from February 11-20.
The total financial commitment for the 2011 Memphis tournament is $1,226,500 US dollars and the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event is $1,100,000. The official tournament name is the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships. The last direct acceptance into the draw was Lukas LACKO of Slovakia who was ranked No.89 at the cut-off date.
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Memphis is played on indoor Plexipave hard courts and is held at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The centre court has a seating capacity of 5,000 and is called the Morgan Keegan Stadium Court.
The Seeds: In a 32-player sized draw there are 8 seeded players. This means that all of the 8 seeds are separated in the draw so they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents who are unseeded, before they can meet another seed in the quarter finals. The seeding for the Memphis Open is allocated according to the latest ATP rankings before the draw is made. These latest rankings were released on Monday 7 February.
The 2011 Memphis Open men’s singles seeds are:
1-Andy RODDICK, 2-Fernando VERDASCO, 3-Gael MONFILS, 4-Mardy FISH, 5-Sam QUERREY, 6-John ISNER, 7-LU Yen-Hsun and 8-Kevin ANDERSON.
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. Xavier MALISSE.
Update: Gael Monfils has withdrawn due to inflammation in his left wrist an injury that has been bothering him since the Australian Open. Therefore, Xavier Malisse becomes the No.9 seed and there is no longer a No.3 seed.
The Wild Cards: As soon as each of the 3 players that are awarded a wild card are announced OnCourt Advantage will add their names right here-> James BLAKE, Milos RAONIC and 2009 US Open singles champion Juan Martin DEL POTRO.
The Qualifiers: The 32-player qualifying tournament begins on Friday 11 February and concludes on Sunday 13 February. As soon as the qualifying event is complete I will add the names of the 4 qualifiers into their allocated spots in the draw below and list their names right here-> Ryan SWEETING, Robert KENDRICK, Michael RUSSELL all from the USA and Jan HAJEK of the Czech Republic.
The 2010 Memphis Men’s singles runner-up John Isner just as he is about to make contact with for this forehand drive. In the 2010 final the 25-year-old Isner lost to his doubles partner and fellow American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 3-6 in 1 hour and 59 minutes.
The 2.06m Isner won his first ATP Tour singles title in Auckland in 2010 and his best Grand Slam singles results to date are making the round of 16 at the 2009 US Open and the 2010 Australian Open. He is currently ranked at No.23 with his career-high ranking to date being No.18, which he first achieved on 5 July 2010.
The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the quarter finals is:
- Andy RODDICK (1) v (7) LU Yen-Hsun
- Xavier MALISSE (9) v (6) John ISNER
- Sam QUERREY (5) v (4) Mardy FISH
- Kevin ANDERSON (8) v (2) Fernando VERDASCO
The 2011 Rotterdam Open men’s singles draw for the 1st round is:
- Andy RODDICK (1) v Ričardas BERANKIS
- Janko TIPSAREVIC v (Q) Ryan SWEETING
- Adrian MANNARINO v (Q) Jan HAJEK
- Lleyton HEWITT v (7) LU Yen-Hsun
- Xavier MALISSE (9) v Florent SERRA
- Michael RUSSELL (Q) v Ivo KARLOVIC
- Ivan DODIG v Rainer SCHUETTLER
- Juan Martin DEL POTRO (WC) v (6) John ISNER
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Sam QUERREY (5) v Denis ISTOMIN
- Brian DABUL v Michal PRZYSIEZNY
- Lukas LACKO v Dudi SELA
- Teymuraz GABASHVILI v (4) Mardy FISH
- Kevin ANDERSON (8) v (Q) Robert KENDRICK
- Ricardo MELLO v (WC) James BLAKE
- Benjamin BECKER v Radek STEPANEK
- Milos RAONIC (WC) v (2) Fernando VERDASCO
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: emmett.hume