Shanghai Masters (tennis)

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Shanghai Masters
Tournament information
Tour ATP Tour
Founded2009;12 years ago (2009)
Editions11 (2019)
Location Shanghai, China
Venue Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena
Category ATP Tour Masters 1000
Surface Hard - outdoors
Draw56S / 28Q / 24D
Prize money$8,322,885 (2019)
Website shanghairolexmasters
Current champions (2019)
Men's singles Flag of Russia.svg Daniil Medvedev
Men's doubles Flag of Croatia.svg Mate Pavić
Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Soares

The Shanghai Masters (Chinese :上海大師賽, also known as Shanghai Rolex Masters for sponsorship reasons) is a professional men's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts, and held annually in early October at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena in the Minhang District of Shanghai. The tournament is chronologically the eighth out of nine ATP Tour Masters 1000 events on the ATP Tour, and is the only one not played in Europe or North America. [1]

Contents

Organization

Competition format

Matches in the singles and doubles main draws are played over eight days, from one Sunday to the next (in 2013, competition was held from October 6 to October 13, and this year competition will be held from October 11 to October 18). Qualifying matches for the singles main draw will be played in the weekend preceding the first complete week of competition (in 2012, on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6). [1] [2]

The Qizhong Stadium at the time of the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup Qizhong Stadium.jpg
The Qizhong Stadium at the time of the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup

The singles main draw features 56 different players (six rounds of play to the title for all competitors but the top 8 seeds), including 44 or 45 direct acceptances, 7 qualifiers, 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. The doubles draw, finally, features 24 different teams (five rounds of play to the title for all competitors but the 8 seeded teams), including 22 direct acceptances (16 in advance, 6 on-site), and 2 wild cards. [2]

The entry deadline for direct acceptance comes twenty-one days prior to the first Monday of the tournament week for the singles main and qualifying draws, and fourteen days prior to the first Monday of the tournament week, with six spots reserved for on-site entries, for the doubles draw. Players and teams on the acceptance list are sorted according to their position in the computerized ATP Rankings in the week preceding competition, to enter the main draws, the qualifying draw (in singles) or to be kept as alternates (in doubles). [2]

The singles and doubles draws are set first by selecting the eight seeds in both the singles and doubles competition, according to the most recent ATP rankings in the week preceding competition. After the seeds and byes are placed, the remaining players, including wild cards, qualifiers and special exempts (in singles) are placed in the rest of the draw, from top to bottom. [2]

All singles matches are played in best-of-three tie-break sets format, while the doubles matches are played in two tie-break sets and a match tie-break, and use the no ad scoring system. [2]

Points and prize money

As an ATP Tour Masters 1000 event, the tournament distributes up to 1000 ATP Rankings points to the singles and doubles champions. [1] For the 2019 edition, a total of US$8,322,885 will be shared between the singles and doubles competitors. These are tables detailing the points and prize money allocation for each round of the 2019 Shanghai Masters: [1]

Points

EventWFSFQFRound of 16Round of 32Round of 64QQ3Q2Q2
Singles1000600360180904510250160
Doubles1000600360180900N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Prize money

EventWFSFQFRound of 16Round of 32Round of 64QQ3Q2Q1
Singles$1,374,995$696,000$357,000$184,000$92,175$48,275$27,205N/AN/A$10,405$5,205
Doubles$408,840$199,520$100,000$50,950$26,870$14,390N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Venue

The Qizhong Arena main court, during the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup Tsonga Potro 2008 Tennis Masters.jpg
The Qizhong Arena main court, during the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup

All matches are played in outdoor conditions at the Qizhong Arena, after the venue held the Tennis Masters Cup indoors from 2005 to 2008. The surface is hard court, specifically DecoTurf. [1] [3]

The venue was originally built in 2004 and 2005 to host the Tennis Masters Cup, after the ATP awarded the tournament to Shanghai for a three-year contract (2005–2007), later extended to a fourth year. [4] [5] The site was conceived to become the largest tennis venue in Asia, with a 15,000-seats main stadium featuring a retractable roof of eight steel panels representing Shanghai's city flower, the magnolia. As of 2013, the Arena's Grand Stand Court 1 stands in fifth place in the list of tennis stadiums by capacity, alongside Beijing's National Tennis Stadium (built for the 2008 Summer Olympics) and Wimbledon's Centre Court.

In preparation of the first edition of the Shanghai Masters, the venue was expanded with several new stadiums and courts constructed by August 2009, including a Grand Stand Court 2, with a seating capacity of 5,000 spectators, and a Grand Stand Court 3, with a seating capacity of 3,000 spectators. [6]

History

The Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 was established to fulfill the desire of the ATP World Tour and the Chinese Tennis Association to develop the market for tennis in China and Asia in general. [7] In 2010 following a sponsorship deal the tournament was renamed the Shanghai Rolex Masters. [8]

In 1996, a professional tournament was held for the first time in Shanghai, the largest city in China. The inaugural Shanghai Open was won by Russian Andrei Olhovskiy over Mark Knowles of the Bahamas. [9] In 2002 the year-end championships, then called the Tennis Masters Cup. [10] [11] were held in the city. The success of the 2002 Tennis Masters Cup, won by World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt from Australia, prompted the ATP, which had abandoned the idea of a touring Tennis Masters Cup, to award Shanghai the right to hold the tournament from 2005 to 2007.

While the ATP International Series tournament of Shanghai was held two more years in 2003 and 2004 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center [ disputed ] created for the 2002 Tennis Masters Cup, a new facility, the Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, was built to host the year-end championships starting from 2005. [12] The ATP eventually extended the three-year deal to a fourth year in 2006, allowing the Tennis Masters Cup to increase its success in Shanghai. [4] [5] Over the four years spent at the Qizhong venue, the tournament saw Swiss World No. 1 Roger Federer reach three finals, losing the first in 2005 to Argentine David Nalbandian before winning the following two in 2006 and 2007, and Novak Djokovic of Serbia taking the 2008 title.

In March 2007, the ATP announced that their 2009 rebranding [13] would also be the occasion to use the Qizhong facility and the Shanghai Tennis Masters Cup organisation to host an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in the city, the equivalent of what were then the ATP Masters Series. [14] Shanghai was eventually given the October spot in the calendar, previously held by the Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid indoor hard courts event, but was to be held as an outdoor hard surface tournament, thereby reducing the number of indoor Masters events to one, that being the Paris Masters. The new Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open moved to outdoor red clay courts during the spring European clay court season. The Tennis Masters Cup became the ATP World Tour Finals and moved to the O2 arena in London, United Kingdom. [13]

Organized by Juss International Sports Event Management Company directed by Jiang Lan, the event was formally presented in a press conference on November 13, 2008, during the season's Tennis Masters Cup tournament, where the choice of the draw sizes, of the surface, and the building of additional courts were announced. Rolex, the Swiss watch company, was also revealed as the official sponsor of the event. [15] The promotional campaign for the tournament started in early 2009, with the presentation of its slogan, "Simply The Best", [16] and the event was officially launched on May 5, 2009. [6] Expecting nearly 150,000 spectators during the tournament, the Shanghai Rolex Masters was introduced as the flagship of an Asian swing in the 2009 ATP World Tour calendar after the late September ATP World Tour 250 Thailand Open of Bangkok and Malaysian Open of Kuala Lumpur, and then early October ATP World Tour 500 Japan Open Tennis Championships of Tokyo and China Open of Beijing. [6]

Past finals

In singles, Novak Djokovic (winner in 2012–13, 2015, and 2018) holds the record for most titles (four). Djokovic and Andy Murray share the records for most consecutive titles (two victories in a row each), and most finals (four). In doubles, Marcelo Melo (winner in 2013, 2015, and 2018) holds the record for most titles (three), and no player has collected back-to-back titles yet.

Singles

Novak Djokovic holds the record for most singles titles with four. Novak Djokovic (19528970049).jpg
Novak Djokovic holds the record for most singles titles with four.
YearChampionRunner-upScore
2009 Flag of Russia.svg Nikolay Davydenko Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Nadal 7–6(7–3), 6–3
2010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray Flag of Switzerland.svg Roger Federer 6–3, 6–2
2011 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray (2) Flag of Spain.svg David Ferrer 7–5, 6–4
2012 Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray 5–7, 7–6(13–11), 6–3
2013 Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic (2) Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Martín del Potro 6–1, 3–6, 7–6(7–3)
2014 Flag of Switzerland.svg Roger Federer Flag of France.svg Gilles Simon 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–2)
2015 Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic (3) Flag of France.svg Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6–2, 6–4
2016 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray (3) Flag of Spain.svg Roberto Bautista Agut 7–6(7–1), 6–1
2017 Flag of Switzerland.svg Roger Federer (2) Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Nadal 6–4, 6–3
2018 Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic (4) Flag of Croatia.svg Borna Ćorić 6–3, 6–4
2019 Flag of Russia.svg Daniil Medvedev Flag of Germany.svg Alexander Zverev 6–4, 6–1
2020No competition (due to COVID-19 pandemic) [17]

Doubles

Marcelo Melo holds the record for most doubles titles with three. Melo RG15 (5) (19307247655).jpg
Marcelo Melo holds the record for most doubles titles with three.
YearChampionsRunners-upScore
2009 Flag of France.svg Julien Benneteau
Flag of France.svg Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Flag of Poland.svg Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Flag of Poland.svg Marcin Matkowski
6–2, 6–4
2010 Flag of Austria.svg Jürgen Melzer
Flag of India.svg Leander Paes
Flag of Poland.svg Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Flag of Poland.svg Marcin Matkowski
7–5, 4–6, [10–5]
2011 Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg Max Mirnyi
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Daniel Nestor
Flag of France.svg Michaël Llodra
Flag of Serbia.svg Nenad Zimonjić
3–6, 6–1, [12–10]
2012 Flag of India.svg Leander Paes (2)
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Radek Štěpánek
Flag of India.svg Mahesh Bhupathi
Flag of India.svg Rohan Bopanna
6–7(7–9), 6–3, [10–5]
2013 Flag of Croatia.svg Ivan Dodig
Flag of Brazil.svg Marcelo Melo
Flag of Spain.svg David Marrero
Flag of Spain.svg Fernando Verdasco
7–6(7–2), 6–7(6–8), [10–2]
2014 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Bryan
Flag of the United States.svg Mike Bryan
Flag of France.svg Julien Benneteau
Flag of France.svg Édouard Roger-Vasselin
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
2015 Flag of South Africa.svg Raven Klaasen
Flag of Brazil.svg Marcelo Melo (2)
Flag of Italy.svg Simone Bolelli
Flag of Italy.svg Fabio Fognini
6–3, 6–3
2016 Flag of the United States.svg John Isner
Flag of the United States.svg Jack Sock
Flag of Finland.svg Henri Kontinen
Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Peers
6–4, 6–4
2017 Flag of Finland.svg Henri Kontinen
Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Peers
Flag of Poland.svg Łukasz Kubot
Flag of Brazil.svg Marcelo Melo
6–4, 6–2
2018 Flag of Poland.svg Łukasz Kubot
Flag of Brazil.svg Marcelo Melo (3)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jamie Murray
Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Soares
6–4, 6–2
2019 Flag of Croatia.svg Mate Pavić
Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Soares
Flag of Poland.svg Łukasz Kubot
Flag of Brazil.svg Marcelo Melo
6–4, 6–2
2020No competition (due to COVID-19 pandemic) [17]

Records

Source: The Tennis Base [18]

Singles

Most titles Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic 4
Most finals Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray 4
Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic
Most consecutive titles Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray
(2010, 2011)
2
Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic
(2012, 2013)
Most consecutive finals Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray
(2010, 2011, 2012)
3
Most matches played Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic 39
Most matches won Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic 34
Most consecutive matches won Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic 13
Most editions played Flag of France.svg Gilles Simon 11
Best winning % Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic 88.90%
Youngest champion Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray 23y, 4m, 26d
(2010)
Oldest champion Flag of Switzerland.svg Roger Federer 36y, 2m, 7d
(2017)

Longest final:

2012 (34 games)
Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic 57136
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray 76113

Shortest finals:

2010 (17 games)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Murray 66
Flag of Switzerland.svg Roger Federer 32
2019 (17 games)
Flag of Russia.svg Daniil Medvedev 66
Flag of Germany.svg Alexander Zverev 41

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Miami
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year
20092013
Succeeded by
Indian Wells

Coordinates: 31°02′28″N121°21′18″E / 31.041°N 121.355°E / 31.041; 121.355