The 2011 Rotterdam Open men’s main draw singles matches will begin on Monday 7 February at 11am local time in the Netherlands. There are 32 main draw spots divided up between 4 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 25 Direct Acceptances. Rotterdam is an ATP World Tour 500 category tournament played from February 5-13.
Rotterdam’s total financial commitment is 1,445,000 Euros (€) and the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event is €1,150,000. The official name of Rotterdam is the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. ABN AMRO is the longest continuous sponsorship partner of an ATP Tour event due to it’s supporting all 38 years of this tournament. As soon as the qualifying event is complete OCA 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. 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 Rotterdam 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 Rotterdam Open men’s singles seeds are:
1-Robin SODERLING, 2-Andy MURRAY, 3-David FERRER, 4-Tomas BERDYCH, 5-Jurgen MELZER, 6-Mikhail YOUZHNY, 7-Ivan LJUBICIC and 8-Jo-Wilfried TSONGA.
If a seeded players withdraws during the next few days before taking the court for their 1st round match OCA 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. Marin CILIC.
The Wild Cards: The wild cards are chosen by the Koninklijke Nederlandse i.e. the Netherlands Tennis Federation
who strongly supported Dutch tennis by awarding all three wild cards to Dutch men Robin HAASE, Thomas SCHOOREL and Jesse HUTA GALUNG.
The Qualifiers: The 16-player qualifying tournament begins on Saturday 5 February and concludes on Sunday 6 February. As soon as each of the 4 players win their 2nd or final round of qualifying to qualify for the main draw OCA will add their names right here-> Mischa ZVEREV, Grigor DIMITROV, Dmitry TURSUNOV and Benoit PAIRE.
The 2010 Rotterdam Open Men’s singles champion Robin SODERLING is pictured above. He defeated Mikhail YOUZHNY in the final 6-4, 2-0 then Youzhny retired after 54 minutes. Ernests GULBIS withdrew due to a fever and was replaced by Lucky Loser (LL) Philipp PETZSCHNER.
The draw for the seeded players IF they all win through to the quarter finals is:
- Robin SODERLING (1) v (6) Mikhail YOUZHNY
- David FERRER (3) v (5) Jurgen MELZER
- Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (8) v (4) Tomas BERDYCH
- Ivan LJUBICIC (7) v (2) Andy MURRAY
The 2011 Rotterdam Open men’s singles draw for the 1st round is:
- Robin SODERLING (1) v (WC) Robin HAASE
- Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER v LU Yen-Hsun
- Philipp PETZSCHNER (LL) v Thiemo DE BAKKER
- Marcel GRANOLLERS v (6) Mikhail YOUZHNY
- David FERRER (3) v Jarkko NIEMINEN
- Viktor TROICKI v (WC) Thomas SCHOOREL
- Marin CILIC v (Q) Mischa ZVEREV
- Jesse HUTA GALUNG (WC) v (5) Jurgen MELZER
The bottom half of the draw is:
- Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (8) v (Q) Grigor DIMITROV
- Nikolay DAVYDENKO v Michael LLODRA
- Andrey GOLUBEV v (Q) Dmitry TURSUNOV
- Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ v (4) Tomas BERDYCH
- Ivan LJUBICIC (7) v Sergiy STAKHOVSKY
- Benoit PAIRE (Q) v Gilles SIMON
- Florian MAYER v Feliciano LOPEZ
- Marcos BAGHDATIS v (2) Andy MURRAY
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photo credit: emmett.hume