The 2011 San Jose Open in the USA is an ATP World Tour 250 category tournament and begins a week after the Australian Open ends. The official name of the 2011 event is the SAP Open due to title sponsorship naming rights. The SAP Open is the second oldest tournament in the USA beginning in 1889 and delivering the 123rd edition this year.
The San Jose men’s event begins on Saturday February 5 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday February 13 at 3pm. The San Jose singles event has a 32-player draw that contains 24 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers, 3 Wild Cards and 1 Injury Protected Ranking entrant (2009 US Open singles champion Juan Martin del Potro).
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The SAP Open is held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose in Northern California in the USA. The centre court has a capacity of 7,502 spectators and is a Premier hard court. The total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is 600,000 US dollars, with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $531,000. The 8 seeds are selected according to the ATP rankings as at 27 January 2011.
The last American to win the title was former World No.1 Andy Roddick who won in 2004, 2005 and 2008. The No.3 ranked American at No.17 (his career-high rank), won 4 ATP Tour singles titles in 2010 and will lead the American charge this year. The 1.23-year-old Querrey took the 1st set 6-2 before narrowly losing 2 tie break sets in the 2010 semi finals against Roddick.
SAP Open draw event to be held Friday February 4 at 12 noon at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose. As soon as it is drawn OCA will post it here. Yonex is releasing a new Yonex Tour tennis ball especially for San Jose to mark the very first time at an ATP World Tour event that Yonex will supply the official tournament ball.
The 2010 SAP Open Men’s singles champion was No.2 seed Fernando Verdasco who defeated No.1 seed Andy Roddick in the final 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hours and 11 minutes. Verdasco is pictured above as he is just about to make contact with the ball for this forehand drive at the 2011 Australian Open.
The 27-year-old Spaniard achieved his best Grand Slam singles result to date by making the semi finals at the 2009 Australian Open. Verdasco also made the quarter finals at the US Open both in 2009 and 2010 and achieved his career-high ranking of No.7 on 20 April 2009. The 1.88m left-hander is the current World No.9 and is the No.1 seed at the 2011 SAP Open.
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 + $92,000;
- The runner-up earns 150 points + $48,300;
- The two semi finalists earn 90 points + $26,150;
- The four quarter finalists earn 45 points + $14,920;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 20 points + $8,790;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive $5,210 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 $425 but DO NOT earn any ranking points and the payers who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $885 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 San Jose Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 5 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 9am;
- Sunday 6 February: Qualifying Draw 2nd round from 11am;
- Monday 7 February: Main Draw 1st round from 9:45am and 7pm;
- Tuesday 8 February: Main Draw 1st round from 9:45am and 7pm;
- Wednesday 9 February: Round of 16 from 9:45am and 7pm;
- Thursday 10 February: Round of 16 from 9:45am and 7pm;
- Friday 11 February: Quarter Finals from 11am and 7pm;
- Saturday 12 February: Semi Finals from 1pm and 7pm; and
- Sunday 13 February: Men’s Singles Final at 3pm.
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