The 11th Major Tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour is the US Open. “The Open” as the US Open is commonly called, is held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York.
Since 1987 the US Open has been the 4th and final Grand Slam tournament played each year. The US Open is unique amongst the 4 Grand Slam events because it is the only Grand Slam that plays a tiebreak to decide the 5th and final set.
This tournament begins on Tuesday 24 August for the men’s event with the qualifying draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 12 September. The 1st round matches of the main draw begin on Monday 30 August. In this post we will cover how the ATP Tour ranking points and prize money are allocated, and what the schedule of play is for the Men’s Singles Draw.
The total financial commitment for the 2010 US Open tournament is a further 1 million US dollars than the record set in 2009 at 22.6 million US dollars. The total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $7,958,000. The winner of the Men’s Singles Final at the US Open takes home $1.7 million.
Pictured above is the 2009 US Open Men’s singles runner-up Roger FEDERER relaxed whilst watching the ball at the contact point between the ball and the racquet for this forehand drive. The 1.85m Federer will be going for his 7th consecutive US Open Singles final after winning 5 in a row from 2004 to 2008 before losing in 5 sets in 2009.
The former World No.1 and 16-time Grand Slam singles champion was close to winning last year. The 28-year-old from Switzerland won the first and 3rd sets to be up by 2 sets to one, then going to a tie break in the 4th set, before being out played in the tie break and in the 5th set by Juan Martin del Potro. Federer has won 4 of the last 11 Grand Slam tournaments and will be looking to regain his 2010 Australian Open form.
The ATP ranking points and prize money (in US dollars) for the men’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 2,000 points + $1,700,000;
- The runner-up earns 1,200 points + $850,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 720 points + $400,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 360 points + $200,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 180 points + $100,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 90 points + $50,000;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + $31,000;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + $19,000.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn $3,000 but DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn $5,625 and 8 points. The players who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying earn $8,000 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 matches each day are played in a day session beginning at 11am and a night session starting at 7pm except for on the final two days where play begins at 12 noon on semi final day and 1pm on the centre court. The centre court at the US Open is called, Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The first four days of the tournament feature the qualifying event. 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 schedule of play for the 2010 US Open Men’s Singles event is:
- Tuesday 24 August: Qualifying 1st round;
- Wednesday 25 August: Qualifying 1st round;
- Thursday 26 August: Qualifying 2nd round;
- Friday 27 August: Qualifying 3rd round;
- Monday 30 August: Main Draw 1st round;
- Tuesday 31 August: Main Draw 1st round;
- Wednesday 1 September: 1st round & 2nd round;
- Thursday 2 September: 2nd round;
- Friday 3 September: 2nd round;
- Saturday 4 September: 3rd round;
- Sunday 5 September: No play is scheduled at all;
- Monday 6 September: Round of 16;
- Tuesday 7 September: Round of 16;
- Wednesday 8 September: Quarter Finals;
- Thursday 9 September: Quarter Finals;
- Friday 10 September: No men’s matches today;
- Saturday 11 September: Semi Finals from 12 noon; and
- Sunday 12 September: Men’s Singles Final at 4pm.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for coverage of both the men’s and women’s events at the US Open and the major tournaments prior to the US Open. Click this link for more details-> US Open 2010: August 24-September 12.
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