The Miami Open is the 3rd MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14″ in 2011 for the men’s professional tennis tour. The 27th year of this event is being held at the Tennis Centre at Crandon Park in the Miami-Dade County, in Florida, USA. The official name of Miami due to title sponsorship naming rights is the Sony Ericsson Open.
The 2011 Miami Open is an ATP World Tour Masters 1,000 category tournament played on Laykold Cushion Plus hard courts. To put Miami into perspective in terms of the world famous Grand Slam tournaments, the winner of Miami is weighted above making a Grand Slam semi final. This is because the Miami winner earns more ATP ranking points and prize money in comparison.
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The men’s event begins on Monday March 21 with the 48-player qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday April 3. The centre court has a seating capacity of 13,800 and the total financial commitment for the 2011 tournament is 4,500,000 US dollars, with the total prize money for the Men’s Singles event being $3,645,000. The singles event has a 128-draw containing 96 players consisting of 79 direct acceptances, 12 Qualifiers and 5 Wild Cards.
There will be 32 seeded players who all receive a BYE in the 1st round. Therefore, 64 players play in the 1st round with the 32 winners joining the 32 seeds in the 2nd round. The 32 seeds are selected according to the ATP rankings as at 14 March 2011.
The 2010 Miami Open Men’s singles champion was No.6 seed Andy Roddick who defeated No.16 seed Tomas BERDYCH (pictured above) in the final 7-5 6-4 in 1 hour and 43 minutes to win his second Miami singles title after winning his first in 2004.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
This is how the ATP ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players for each round:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + $611,000;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + $298,200;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 + $149,450;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 + $76,195,
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 + $40,160;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 45 + $21,495;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 25 + $11,605;
- The *16 players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + $7,115;
- The 12 players who qualify earn 16 points for qualifying;
- The 12 players who lose in the final round of qualifying earn 8 points + $2,100;
- The 24 players who lose in the 1st round of qualifying receive $1,075 but DO NOT earn any ranking points.
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round. A player who qualifies for the main draw and then loses the 1st round earns 26 points (16+10). A player who starts in the 1st round i.e. a direct acceptance or a wild card recipient, does not earn any ranking points if he loses his 1st round match.
From the 2nd round onwards any qualifiers who win, earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 16 points for qualifying. Therefore, a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the 2nd round earns 25 points for making the 2nd round plus 16 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the 2nd round earns 41 ranking points in total.
A Lucky Loser who loses in the 1st round of the main draw earns 8 points from the qualifying event in addition to the points allocated per round e.g a 1st round loss by a Lucky Loser equals 8 plus 10, for a total of 18.
The Miami Open schedule of play for the entire event is:
- Monday 21 March: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 11am and 7pm;
- Tuesday 22 March: Qualifying from 10am;
- Wednesday 23 March: Main Draw 1st round from 10am and 7pm;
- Thursday 24 March: 1st round from 10am and 7pm;
- Friday 25 March: 2nd round from 10am and 7pm;
- Saturday 26 March: 2nd round from 10am and 8pm;
- Sunday 27March: 3rd round from 10am and 7pm;
- Monday 28 March: 3rd round from 11am and 7pm;
- Tuesday 29 March: Round of 16 from 11am and 7pm;
- Wednesday 30 March: Quarter Finals from 11am and 7pm;
- Thursday 31 March: Quarter Finals from 1pm and 7pm;
- Friday 1 April: Semi Finals from 12 noon and 7pm;
- Saturday 2 April: No men’s matches; and
- Sunday 3 April: Men’s Singles Finals at 12:30pm.
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photo credit: Christian Mesiano