The 13th MAJOR Tournament for the men’s professional tennis tour is the Paris Open in France. Paris is known as the most prestigious indoor tournament and due to title sponsorship rights is officially known as the BNP Paribas Masters. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 7 hours to the local Paris times listed below.
Paris begins on Saturday 5 November for the men’s event with the qualifying draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 13 November. The 1st round matches of the main draw begin on Monday 7 November. Paris represents the pivotal last chance for the world’s best players to qualify for 1 of the 8 spots in the ATP Tour Finals. The Paris event is played on Greenset on Boards hard courts at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy.
In this post 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 Paris tournament is 2,750,000 million Euros (€), with the total prize money for the men’s singles event being € 2,227,500. The winner of the Men’s Singles Final takes home € 454,000.
Pictured above is the 2010 Paris Open Men’s singles champion Robin SODERLING in the forward swing phase for this forehand drive at the 2011 Miami Open. The 27-year-old Swede defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) in 1 hour and 17 minutes to win his first ATP Masters 1000 singles title.
After winning his first major title at the Paris Open Soderling achieved his career-high ranking of No.4 immediately afterwards on 15 November 2010. In 2011 Soderling has won another 4 ATP Tour singles titles to take his career tally to 10. His best performance in Grand Slam singles tournaments was being the runner-up in the French Open at Roland Garros in 2009 and in 2010.
The ATP ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 1,000 points + € 454,000;
- The runner-up earns 600 points + € 214,400;
- The two semi finalists earn 360 points + € 106,500;
- The four quarter finalists earn 180 points + € 55,500;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 90 points + € 29,155;
- The 16 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + € 15,320;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + € 8,040.
The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn € 925 but DO NOT receive any ranking points. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn € 1,825 and 14 points. The players who qualify earn 25 points and at least € 8,040.
*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 Top 16 seeds receive a BYE in the 1st round. If one of the Top 16 seeds loses their 1st match (in the 2nd round), they are only awarded 10 ATP ranking points and NOT 45. Therefore, they are treated as a 1st round loser because they did not win a match, even though they were playing in the 2nd round.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, in which case we will update you of any changes in later posts.
The schedule of play for the entire 2011 Paris Men’s singles event is:
- Saturday 5 November: Qualifying 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 6 November: Qualifying 2nd round from 11am;
- Monday 7 November: Main Draw 1st round from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Tuesday 8 November: 1st & 2nd round from 11am & 7:30pm;
- Wednesday 9 November: 2nd round from 10:30am & 7:3opm;
- Thursday 10 November: Round of 16 from 10:30am & 7:30pm;
- Friday 11 November: Quarter Finals at 2pm & 7:30pm;
- Saturday 12 November: Semi Finals at 2pm & 5pm; and
- Sunday 13 November: Men’s Singles Final at 3pm.
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