2007 ATP Tour
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The ATP Tour is the elite tour for professional tennis organized by the Association of Tennis Professionals. The ATP Tour includes the four Grand Slam tournaments, the Tennis Masters Cup, the ATP Masters Series, the International Series Gold and the International Series tournaments.
Roger Federer won eight titles in 2007 including three Grand Slam tournaments. He finished the year ranked no. 1 for the fourth consecutive year, holding it all 52 weeks, and was voted Player of the Year.
|Duration||1 January 2007 – 11 November 2007|
|Categories||Grand Slam (4) |
ATP Masters Series (9)
ATP International Series Gold (9)
ATP International Series (43)
|Most tournament titles||Roger Federer (8)|
|Most tournament finals||Roger Federer (12)|
|Prize money leader||Roger Federer ($10,130,620)|
|Points leader||Roger Federer (7,180)|
|Player of the year||Roger Federer|
|Doubles Team of the year|| Bob Bryan |
|Most improved |
player of the year
|Newcomer of the year||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga|
player of the year
In August 2006 the ATP announced that it would conduct a trial of the round-robin tournament format during the 2007 season. ATP Executive Chairman Etienne De Villiers claimed their research showed a preference for this tournament setup among fans, tournaments and media. In a round-robin tournament each player competes once against every other player in his group. The only men's tournament using this format was the season-ending event but all regular tournaments, including the Grand Slams, used the traditional elimination or knock-out system. The round-robin format would be tested at 13 events during the 2007 ATP Tour but the Masters Series events and the Grand Slam tournaments were excluded from the experiment. The Adelaide International was scheduled as the pilot. Initial reactions from players were mixed, with Rafael Nadal in favor of the scheme and Roger Federer opposed. In early March 2007 at the Las Vegas Channel Open there was controversy when the ATP decided that James Blake had qualified for the quarterfinals only to revert that decision hours later. Player reactions became increasingly negative, claiming the format was confusing and could enable match-fixing. On 21 March 2007 the ATP announced that it had abandoned the experiment and had decided that the remaining scheduled round-robin tournaments would revert to the single-elimination form.
The table below shows the 2007 ATP Tour schedule
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Tennis Masters Cup|
|ATP Masters Series|
|ATP International Series Gold|
|ATP International Series|
|Pacific Life Open
Indian Wells, United States
$3,285,000 – Hard – 96S/32D
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw
| Rafael Nadal
|Novak Djokovic|| Andy Murray
| David Ferrer|
Juan Ignacio Chela
| Martin Damm
| Jonathan Erlich|
|Sony Ericsson Open
Miami, United States
$3,285,000 – Hard – 96S/16D
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw
| Novak Djokovic
6–3, 6–2, 6–4
|Guillermo Cañas|| Andy Murray
| Tommy Robredo|
Juan Ignacio Chela
| Bob Bryan
7–6(9–7), 3–6, [10–7]
| Martin Damm|
|Week of||Tournament||Champions||Runners-up||Semifinalists||Round Robin|
|12 November||Masters Cup
Tennis Masters Cup
$4,450,000 – Hard (i) – 8S/8D (RR)
Singles Draw – Doubles Draw
| Roger Federer
6–2, 6–3, 6–2
|David Ferrer|| Rafael Nadal
| Novak Djokovic|
| Mark Knowles
| Simon Aspelin|
|26 November||Davis Cup Final
Portland, Oregon, USA – Hard (i)
|United States 4–1||Russia|
Points were awarded as follows:
|Tournament Category||Total Financial
|Grand Slam||$6,784,000 to $9,943,000||1000||700||450||250||150||75||35||5||15|
|Tennis Masters Cup||$4,450,000||750||if undefeated (100 for each round robin match win, |
+200 for a semifinal win, +250 for the final win)
|ATP Masters Series||$2,450,000 to $3,450,000||500||350||225||125||75||35||5(20)||(5)||15*|
|International Series Gold||$1,000,000||300||210||135||75||25||15||5||10*|
|International Series Gold||$800,000||250||175||110||60||25||15||5||10*|
+H: Any Challenger or Futures providing hospitality shall receive the points of the next highest prize money level in that category. $/€25,000+H Challengers receive points shown at$/€50,000. Monies shown for Challengers and Futures are on-site prize amounts.
(*): 5 points only if the Main Draw is larger than 32 (International Series) or 64 (Tennis Masters Series)
In addition to the points allocated above, points are allocated to losers at Grand Slam, Tennis Masters Series and International Series Gold Tournaments qualifying events in the following manner:
- Grand Slams: 8 points for a last round loser, 4 points for a second round loser
- Tennis Masters Series: 8 points for a last round loser(*), 1 point for a first round loser
- International Series Gold: 5 points for a last round loser(*), 1 point for a first round loser,
(*): 3 points only if the Main Draw is larger than 32 (International Series Gold) or 64 (Tennis Masters Series).
Titles won by playerEdit
|Total titles||Country||Player||Grand Slam||ATP Tour Finals||ATP Tour Masters Series||ATP Tour International Series Gold||ATP Tour International Series|
|8||SUI||Roger Federer||Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open||Masters Cup||Hamburg Masters,
|6||ESP||Rafael Nadal||French Open||Monte Carlo Masters, Rome Masters, Indian Wells Masters||Stuttgart,
|5||SRB||Novak Djokovic||Miami Masters,
|3||ARG||Juan Mónaco||Kitzbühel||Buenos Aires, |
|ESP||David Ferrer||Tokyo||Auckland, |
|CRO||Ivo Karlović||Houston, Nottingham, |
|2||ARG||David Nalbandian||Madrid Masters,
|USA||Andy Roddick||Queen's Club, |
|CRO||Ivan Ljubičić||Doha, |
|BEL||Xavier Malisse||Chennai, |
|USA||James Blake||Medibank, |
|FRA||Gilles Simon||Marseille, |
|GBR||Andy Murray||San Jose, |
|FRA||Paul-Henri Mathieu||Casablanca, |
|RUS||Dmitry Tursunov||Indianapolis, |
|ESP||Tommy Robredo||Sopot, |
|ARG||Juan Ignacio Chela||Acapulco|
|PER||Luis Horna||Viña del Mar|
|ARG||Guillermo Cañas||Costa do Sauípe|
|AUS||Lleyton Hewitt||Las Vegas|
|CZE||Radek Štěpánek||Los Angeles|
- Steve Darcis – Amersfoort, Netherlands
- Ivo Karlović – Houston, USA
- Philipp Kohlschreiber – Munich, Germany
- Juan Mónaco – Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Gilles Simon – Marseille, France
Winners/runners-up by country:
ATP prize money leadersEdit
- As of 19 November 2007
Following is a list of notable players (winners of a main tour title, and/or part of the ATP Rankings top 100 (singles) or top 50 (doubles) for at least one week) who announced their retirement from professional tennis, became inactive (after not playing for more than 52 weeks), or were permanently banned from playing, during the 2007 season:
- AUS Wayne Arthurs (born 18 March 1971 in Adelaide, Australia) He turned professional in 1990 and reached his career-high singles ranking of no. 44 in 2001. He earned only one career singles title. In doubles, he was ranked no. 11 in 2003 and earned 12 career titles. His last career singles and doubles matches were at Wimbledon.
- DEN Kenneth Carlsen (born April 17, 1973, in Copenhagen, Denmark) He turned profession in 1991 and achieved a career-high ranking of no. 41. He played his last ATP match at the Stockholm Open in October and his last match at a Challenger tournament in Kolding, Denmark a week later against Björn Phau.
- FRA Arnaud Di Pasquale (born 11 February 1979 in Casablanca, Morocco) He turned professional in 1998 and reached his highest ranking of no. 39 in 2000. He won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics and played his last match in November 2006 in Asuncion against Guillermo Cañas.
- GBR Tim Henman (born 6 September 1974 in Oxford, England) He turned professional in 1993 and achieved the ranking of world no. 4. He was a four-time semifinalist and four-time quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and reached the semifinals of the French and US Opens once each. He won one Masters 1000 event in Paris in 2003. He played his last match at the Davis Cup competition against Croatia in September.
- CZE Jiří Novák (born March 22, 1975, in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia) He turned professional in 1993 and reached a career-high ranking of world no. 5 in 2002. He was a semifinalist at the 2002 Australian Open and won seven career titles. He played his last match in June in Košice, Slovakia against Lukáš Rosol.
- GBR Greg Rusedski (born 6 September 1973, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) He turned professional in 1991 and reached a career-high ranking of world no. 4. He was a finalist at the US Open in 1997 and earned 15 career titles. He played his last match in March in Sarajevo against Kenneth Carlsen.
- NED Sjeng Schalken (born 8 September 1976 in Weert, Netherlands) He turned professional in 1994 and reached his career-high ranking of no. 11 in 2003. He reached the semifinals of the US Open in 2002 and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2002, 2003, and 2004. He earned nine career singles titles. In doubles, he was ranked no. 21 in 2002 and reached the semifinals of the US Open in 2001 and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2001. He earned six career doubles titles and played his last career match in February 2006 in Bergamo, Italy against Simone Bolelli.
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