The Shanghai Rolex Masters, The Only ATP Masters 1000 In Asia

The Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena1

The Shanghai Masters, is one of series of the ATP World Tour tournament played on outdoor hard courts, held in annually in October at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena Shanghai of China. The Shanghai Masters or now better known as The Shanghai Rolex Masters is the only ATP Masters 1000 tournament which was held outside Europe and North America.

In the beginning, Shanghai is the host of the Tennis Masters Cup. Since 2002 has held the tournament five times. During the implementation has been captivating the sports world with a perfect organization, the game is attractive and supported by good service and hospitality are very adequate, so the ATP World Tour trust and establish Shanghai as a venue for the ATP Masters 1000 tournament. This was agreed on 16 April, 2007.

To recognize the excellence of the tournament, Rolex announced on March 16, 2010 an upgrade to its sponsorship, becoming the Title Sponsor of the event. Therefore, since the 2010 season tournament title changed to “Shanghai Rolex Masters”.

The Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 was introduced as the flagship of an Asian swing in the 2009 ATP World Tour calendar after the late September ATP World Tour 250 PTT Thailand Open of Bangkok and Malaysian Open of Kuala Lumpur, and the early October ATP World Tour 500 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships of Tokyo and China Open of Beijing.

Currently, the tournament was followed by 56 single player who played 6 rounds to become champion and 24 pairs for the doubles are played for 5 rounds.

For single men, 44 or 45 players will immediately be accepted to participate or compete in the tournament known as the direct acceptances), while 7 others to go through the qualifiers first. The remaining are 4 wild cards, and 1 eventual special exempt. The singles qualifying draw features 28 different players (two rounds of play to qualification for all competitors including the 14 seeds), with 24 direct acceptances, and 4 wild cards.

Meanwhile, for the doubles 22 pairs entered via direct acceptance, and the rest is a wild card. No doubles player who through qualifying to compete in this tournament.

The Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena

The Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena

The Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, also known as Qi Zhong stadium is located on an 80-hectare area, in the southwest of Shanghai, the Minhang District. It has a steel roof with eight sliding petal-shaped pieces (moved in 8 minutes) which resembles a blooming magnolia, Shanghai’s city flower. The roof enables the stadium to host both indoor and outdoor tennis events. The seating capacity is 15,000 people. The stadium was specially created to host the ATP World Tour Finals between 2005 – 2008, and was the largest tennis venue in Asia, until the construction of the Olympic Green Tennis Centre in Beijing.

In preparation of the first edition of the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000, it was decided that the venue would be expanded, with several new stadiums and courts to be constructed by August 2009, including a Grand Stand Court 2, with a seating capacity of 5,000 spectactors, and a Grand Stand Court 3, with a seating capacity of 3,000 spectators.

The Shanghai Rolex Masters Point & Prize Money

Event Men Single Point Men Single Prize Money Men Double Point Men Double Pize Money
W (Winner)  1000  $ 620,000  1000  $ 192,000
F (Finalist)  600  $ 304,000  600  $ 94,000
SF (Semi Finalis  360  $ 153,000  360  $ 47,150
QF (Quarter Finals)  180  $ 77,800  180  $ 24,200
3R  90  $ 40,400  $ 12,510
2R  45  $ 21,300  $ 6,600
1R  10  $ 11,500  –
Q  25  –  –
Q2  14  $2,650  –
Q1  0  $1,350  0  –


This year, the Shanghai Rolex Masters held from 09.10.2011 – 16.10.2011 with total prize money $ 3,240,000.

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