The 2011 Mexico Open in Acapulco is an ATP World Tour 500 category tournament played on red clay courts from February 19-26. The official tournament name is the Abierto Mexicano Telcel due to title sponsorship naming rights.
The Mexico men’s event begins on Saturday February 19 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Saturday February 26 at 9pm. The Mexico singles event has a 32-player draw that contains 24 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers, 3 Wild Cards and 1 Special Exempt.
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The 18th year of this event is being played at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess Resort Hotel in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. The centre court or Stadium is called the Estadio Mextenis or Mextenis Stadium and has a capacity of 7,500 spectators. The total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is 1,226,500 US dollars, with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $955,000. The 8 seeds are selected according to the ATP rankings as at 14 February 2011.
The 2010 Mexico Open Men’s singles champion was No.3 David FERRER who defeated No.4 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero. Ferrer won the final 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in 1 hour and 47 minutes to avenge his loss in the final the week before against Ferrero in Buenos Aires. Ferrer is pictured above during the early phase of his service motion at Roland Garros in 2010.
The 28-year-old Ferrer achieved his best Grand Slam singles results to date by making the semi finals twice, this year at the Australian Open and at the 2007 US Open. The 1.75m Spaniard achieved his career-high ranking of No.4 on 25 February 2008 and is currently ranked No.6. Ferrer will be the No.1 seed in Mexico and has won 10 ATP Tour singles titles, with 5 of these titles being on clay courts.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The ATP ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 500 points + $264,000;
- The runner-up earns 300 points + $122,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 180 points + $59,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 90 points + $27,500;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 45 points + $14,050;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $7,585 but DO NOT earn any ranking points.
There is a 16-player qualifying draw. The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $470 and DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd and final round of qualifying earn $900 and 10 ranking points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 20 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 20 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 45 points for making the round of 16 plus 20 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the round of 16 has earns 65 ranking points in total.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Mexico Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 19 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 20 February: Qualifying Draw 2nd round from 3pm;
- Monday 21 February: Main Draw 1st round from 3pm;
- Tuesday 22 February: 1st round from 3pm;
- Wednesday 23 February: Round of 16 from 3pm;
- Thursday 24 February: Quarter Finals from 3pm;
- Friday 25 February: Semi Finals from 5pm & 9pm; and
- Saturday 26 February: Men’s Singles Final at 9pm.
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