The 2011 Wimbledon Championships are held in the London suburb of Wimbledon in the United Kingdom at The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC). Wimbledon is also known as “The Championships” and is the 9th of the “BIG 14″ tournaments for the men’s professional tennis tour each year.
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 Gentlemen’s Singles Draw. The third Grand Slam tournament of each year begins on Monday 13 June for the men’s event with the qualifying draw and the Gentlemen’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 3 July. The 1st round matches of the main draw begin on Monday 20 June.
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The total financial commitment is 14,600,000 pounds sterling (£) with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being £ 5,230,000. The winner of the Gentlemen’s Singles Final at Wimbledon wins £ 1.1 million, which is an increase of £ 100,000 from last year. To watch the tennis in Singapore just add 7 hours to the times listed below, as all times listed below are local times in London.
Pictured above is World No.1 Rafael NADAL setting the ball in place during his service action as he assumes the “Trophy Position” before propelling himself at the ball. The 24-year-old Nadal is aiming to collect more trophies in 2011 to add to his Grand Slam singles collection of 9 now that he has won a career Grand Slam.
The Spaniard won the epic final in 2008 and is the defending champion at Wimbledon after missing with injury in 2009. Therefore, the 1.88m left-hander is going for his 3rd straight Wimbledon title in 2011. Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych in 2010 singles final 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in 2 hours and 13 minutes to claim the Roland Garros/Wimbledon double for the second time.
At Wimbledon the men’s ATP ranking points and prize money is awarded like this:
- The winner earns 2,000 points + £1,100,000;
- The runner-up earns 1,200 points + £550,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 720 points + £275,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 360 points + £137,500;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 180 points + £68,750;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 90 points + £34,375;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + £20,125;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + £11,500.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn £1,750 but DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn £3,500 and 8 points. The players who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying earn £7,000 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 starting at 12noon on courts 2 to 19 for the first 8 days of play. Centre Court and Court No.1 commence everyday of the tournament at 1pm except for both the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Singles Finals, which begin at 2pm. There are no night sessions.
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 Gentlemen’s Singles event at Wimbledon is:
- Monday 13 June: Qualifying 1st round;
- Tuesday 14 June: Qualifying 1st round;
- Wednesday 15 June: Qualifying 2nd round;
- Thursday 16 June: Qualifying 3rd round;
- Monday 20 June: Main Draw 1st round at 12noon;
- Tuesday 21 June: Main Draw 1st round at 12 noon;
- Wednesday 22 June: 2nd round at 12 noon;
- Thursday 23 June: 2nd round at 12 noon;
- Friday 24 June: 3rd round at 12 noon;
- Saturday 25 June: 3rd round at 12 noon;
- Sunday 26 June: No play is scheduled at all;
- Monday 27 June: 4th round (round of 16) at 12 noon;
- Tuesday 28 June: No men’s matches today;
- Wednesday 29 June: Men’s Quarter Finals at 12 noon;
- Thursday 30 June: No men’s matches today;
- Friday 1 July: Men’s Semi Finals from 2pm;
- Saturday 2 July: No men’s matches today; and
- Sunday 3 July: Men’s Singles Final at 2pm.
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