The 2011 Australian Open Championships is the next Grand Slam singles tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour. “The Aussie Open” or “The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific” as the Australian Open is also known, is held at Melbourne Park in Richmond on True Blue Plexicushion Prestige medium-paced hard courts.
The men’s event begins on January 12 with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 30 January. Since 1988 the Australian Open has been played on hard courts and it is the first of 4 Grand Slam tournaments played each year. The Australian Open was first held in 1905 and was played on natural grass courts through to 1987.
The total financial commitment for the 2011 Australian Open tournament is 23,140,000 Australian dollars with the total prize money for the men’s singles event being $10,000,000. Recent reports suggest the total prize money has gone up by %3.8 for 2011. The winner of the Men’s Singles Final at the Australian Open takes home $2.2 million as compared to 2.1 million in 2010.
The 2010 Australian Open Men’s singles champion Roger FEDERER is pictured above at the 2009 event just after he has made contact with the ball for this forehand drive. The 1.85m Federer will be going for his 5th Australian Open Singles title after winning in 2004, 2006, 2007 and of course in 2010.
The 16-time Grand Slam singles champion defeated Andy Murray in the final 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11). The 29-year-old from Switzerland will be striving to end Rafael Nadal’s run of 3 consecutive Grand Slam singles titles in the Australian summer and extend his record run of making the quarter finals or better from 25 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments to 26.
The main draw matches are played each day in a day session beginning at 11am and a night session starting at 7pm in the first week and 7:30pm in the second week. The exception is on Men’s Final Day when play begins at 7:30pm. The centre court at the Australian Open is called Rod Laver Arena.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, in which case we will update them here straight away.
The ATP ranking points and prize money (in Australian dollars) for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 2,000 points + $2,200,000;
- The runner-up earns 1,200 points + $1,100,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 720 points + $420,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 360 points + $210,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 180 points + $93,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 90 points + $54,500;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + $32,000;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + $20,000.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $2,860 but DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $5,710 and 8 points. The players who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying earn 11,440 and 14 points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 35 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, only earn 10 points. Wild Card entrants who lose in the 1st round DO NOT receive any ranking points.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Australian Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Wednesday 12 January: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
- Thursday 13 January: Qualifying 1st round at 10am;
- Friday 14 January: Qualifying 2nd round at 10am;
- Saturday 15 January: Qualifying 3rd round at 10am;
- Monday 17 January: Main Draw 1st round from 11am & 7pm;
- Tuesday 18 January: 1st round from 11am & 7pm;
- Wednesday 19 January: 2nd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Thursday 20 January: 2nd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Friday 21 January: 3rd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Saturday 22 January: 3rd round from 11am & 7pm;
- Sunday 23 January: Round of 16 from 11am & 7pm;
- Monday 24 January: Round of 16 from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Tuesday 25 January: Quarter Finals from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Wednesday 26 January: Quarter Finals from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Thursday 27 January: 1st Semi Final at 7:30pm;
- Friday 28 January: 2nd Semi Final at 7:30pm;
- Saturday 29 January: No men’s matches today; and
- Sunday 30 January: Men’s Singles Final at 7:30pm.
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Photo credit: Richard.Fisher