The 2013 US Open tennis championships are the 11th MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ tournaments on the men’s professional tennis tour each year. The US Open men’s singles event begins on Tuesday 20 August with the qualifying singles draw. The Men’s Singles Final will be played on Monday 9 September.
Below OnCourt Advantage details how the ATP ranking points, prize money are allocated and what the schedule of play is so YOU can follow, watch and/or attend this tournament. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 12 hours to the New York local times listed below.
The total financial commitment for the 2013 US Open tournament was released on 14 December 2012 at a new record-high of 29.5 million US dollars. In 2012 the total was 25.526 million whereas in 2011 it was 23.718 million. The USTA is currently in consultation with the ATP World Tour, the WTA and their players about how the prize money will be distributed round by round. Listed below is the 2012 round-by-round allocation, which will be updated to the 2013 figures as soon as they are finalised.
The 2012 US Open Men’s singles champion Andy MURRAY is pictured above after making contact with the ball for this forehand ground stroke on his beloved hard court surface, on which he has won 20 of his 24 professional singles titles. Riding a new found wave of confidence after defeating Roger FEDERER on a huge occasion for the first time at the 2012 London Olympics singles gold medal, he triumphed in the final set after seeing a two sets to love lead disappear in his fifth Grand Slam singles final. The 1.9m Murray won his first Grand Slam singles title after being the runner-up at the 2008 US Open, 2010-2011 Australian Open’s and at Wimbledon this year.
Murray became the fifth different US Open men’s champion in the past five years by winning in 4 hours and 54, just 59 minutes short of the record Slam final duration at 2012 Australian Open men’s final between Rafael NADAL and Djokovic.
The 25-year-old Scot won 7-6(12-10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 to become only the second player to win a Grand Slam singles title other than the terrific trio: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic since Roland Garros in 2005. The former ATP World No.2 achieved a career high junior ITF ranking of No.6 and achieved his best junior singles result when he won the junior US Open singles title eight years ago.
The centre court is called Arthur Ashe Stadium and seats 23,700 spectators. The US Championships were first held in 1881 and have been played at the current venue since 1978, making 2013 the 36th year at Flushing Meadows.
The ATP ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 2,000 points + $1,900,000;
- The runner-up earns 1,200 points + $950,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 720 points + $475,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 360 points + $237,500;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 180 points + $120,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 90 points + $65,000;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + $37,000;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + $23,000.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The schedule of play for the 2013 men’s singles event at the US Open is:
- Tuesday 20 August: Qualifying 1st round at 11am;
- Wednesday 21 August: Qualifying 1st round at 11am
- Thursday 22 August: Qualifying 2nd round at 11am;
- Friday 23 August: Qualifying 3rd round at 11am;
- Monday 26 August: Main Draw 1st round at 11am and 7pm;
- Tuesday 27 August: 1st round at 11am and 7pm;
- Wednesday 28 August: 1st and 2nd round at 11am and 7pm;
- Thursday 29 August: 2nd round at 11am and 7pm;
- Friday 30 August: 2nd round at 11am and 7pm;
- Saturday 31 August: 3rd round at 11am and 7pm;
- Sunday 1 September: 3rd round at 11am and 7pm;
- Monday 2 September: Round of 16 at 11am and 7pm;
- Tuesday 3 September: Round of 16 at 11am and 7pm;
- Wednesday 4 September: Quarter Finals at 11am and 7pm;
- Thursday 5 September: Quarter Finals at 11am and 7pm;
- Friday 6 September: No men’s singles matches today;
- Saturday 7 September: Semi Finals back-to-back from at 12 noon;
- Sunday 8 September: No men’s singles matches today; and
- Monday 9 September: Men’s Singles Final at 5pm.
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.
For further details about the different rankings points allocations for different situations for 1st round losers and for players who gain entry into the main draw from the qualifying event you will be able to click here once the following post is completed-> US Open 2013 Men’s Qualifying Singles Draw.
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