US Open Series

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The US Open Series is the seven-week summer tennis season linking twelve ATP World Tour and WTA Tour tournaments together. The Series leads to the US Open. It is often referred to as the U.S. or North American hard court season. From 2012 thru 2018, the series will be sponsored by Emirates Airline.[1]

It was organized in 2004 as a way to focus more attention on American tennis tournaments by getting more of them on domestic television.[2] Until 2004, most summer North American tournaments were not on television, the exceptions being the highly televised ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Canada and Cincinnati.

The eight non-Masters tournaments now enjoy about 50 hours of television combined—about two hours on each day of their final weekends, chiefly on ESPN2, which is where ESPN shows its tennis programming. CBS and Tennis Channel also cover portions of The Series. Players earn points according to their results in the events; more points are awarded at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 events.[3] The three male and three female players with the highest point totals each earn a bonus at the US Open. The amount depends on their US Open Series placement and US Open result. If both are won then the bonus is $1 million as of 2010. Lleyton Hewitt and Lindsay Davenport were the top point-getters in 2004, Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters won in 2005, and Andy Roddick and Ana Ivanovic won in 2006. Defending US Open champions Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova won in 2007.

In 2005, whereas Roddick was upset in the first round against Gilles Müller at the Open, Clijsters became the first player to win both the US Open Series and the US Open, receiving $2.2 million, the largest payday to date in women's sports. Clijsters defeated Frenchwoman Mary Pierce in straight sets: 6–3, 6–1.[4] In 2010 she won $2.2 million again, this time $1.7 million for the US Open title and $500,000 in bonus for second place in the US Open Series.[5]

In 2007, Federer became the first male player and the second player overall to win the US Open Series and go on to win the US Open, winning $1.4 million plus the US Open Series bonus of $1 million, bringing his prize winning total to $2.4 million.[6] This topped Clijsters' $2.2 million as the biggest US Open payday to date.

In 2013, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal both won the US Open after also winning the US Open Series. Due to several considerable prize money increments over the years, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal surpassed Roger Federer's prize money record by winning $3.6 million each, and hence they now share the record for the largest prize money paycheck in tennis history for a single tennis tournament. [7][8]

Series Tournaments[edit]

Main article: 2014 US Open Series

Tournaments[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Event
ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5
ATP World Tour 500 & 250 and WTA Premier

In 2014, the US Open Series comprises the following tournaments:[9]

Week Men's Events Women's Events
1 Atlanta
BB&T Atlanta Open
2 Washington
Citi Open
Stanford
Bank of the West Classic
3 Toronto/Montréal
Rogers Cup
4 Cincinnati
Western & Southern Open
5 Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem Open
New Haven
New Haven Open at Yale
6–7 New York
US Open

Points Distribution (2008–present)[edit]

Round ATP Masters 1000/WTA Premier 5 ATP World Tour 500 & 250/WTA Premier
Champion 100 70
Finalist 70 45
Semifinalist 45 25
Quarterfinalist 25 15
Round of 16 15 0

Past US Open Series Tournament Winners[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Los Angeles Indianapolis/Atlanta Washington Montreal/Toronto Cincinnati New Haven/Winston-Salem
2004 Germany Haas (1/2) United States Roddick (1/5) Australia Hewitt Switzerland Federer (1/8) United States Agassi (1/2) Not held
2005 United States Agassi (2/2) United States Ginepri (1/2) United States Roddick (2/5) Spain Nadal (1/4) Switzerland Federer (2/8) United States Blake (1/3)
2006 Germany Haas (2/2) United States Blake (2/3) France Clément Switzerland Federer (3/8) United States Roddick (3/5) Russia Davydenko
2007 Czech Republic Štěpánek (1/2) Russia Tursunov United States Roddick (4/5) Serbia Djokovic (1/3) Switzerland Federer (4/8) United States Blake (3/3)
2008 Argentina Del Potro (1/4) France Simon Argentina Del Potro (2/4) Spain Nadal (2/4) United Kingdom Murray (1/4) Croatia Čilić
2009 United States Querrey (1/3) United States Ginepri (2/2) Argentina Del Potro (3/4) United Kingdom Murray (2/4) Switzerland Federer (5/8) Spain Verdasco
2010 United States Querrey (2/3) United States Fish (1/2) Argentina Nalbandian United Kingdom Murray (3/4) Switzerland Federer (6/8) Ukraine Stakhovsky
2011 Latvia Gulbis United States Fish (2/2) Czech Republic Štěpánek (2/2) Serbia Djokovic (2/3) United Kingdom Murray (4/4) United States Isner (1/4)
2012 United States Querrey (3/3) United States Roddick (5/5) Ukraine Dolgopolov Serbia Djokovic (3/3) Switzerland Federer (7/8) United States Isner (2/4)
2013 Not held United States Isner (3/4) Argentina Del Potro (4/4) Spain Nadal (3/4) Spain Nadal (4/4) Austria Melzer
2014 United States Isner (4/4) Canada Raonic France Tsonga Switzerland Federer (8/8)

Women[edit]

Year Stanford San Diego/Carlsbad Los Angeles/Washington Cincinnati Montreal/Toronto New Haven
2004 United States Davenport (1/4) United States Davenport (2/4) United States Davenport (3/4) Not US Open Series France Mauresmo Russia Bovina
2005 Belgium Clijsters (1/5) France Pierce Belgium Clijsters (2/5) Belgium Clijsters (3/5) United States Davenport (4/4)
2006 Belgium Clijsters (4/5) Russia Sharapova (1/3) Russia Dementieva (1/2) Serbia and Montenegro Ivanovic (1/2) Belgium Henin (1/2)
2007 Russia Chakvetadze Russia Sharapova (2/3) Serbia Ivanovic (2/2) Belgium Henin (2/2) Russia Kuznetsova (1/2)
2008 Canada Wozniak Not held Russia Safina (1/2) Russia Safina (2/2) Denmark Wozniacki (1/5)
2009 France Bartoli Italy Pennetta Serbia Janković Russia Dementieva (2/2) Denmark Wozniacki (2/5)
2010 Belarus Azarenka (1/2) Russia Kuznetsova (2/2) Not held Belgium Clijsters (5/5) Denmark Wozniacki (3/5) Denmark Wozniacki (4/5)
2011 United States S. Williams (1/6) Poland Radwańska (1/2) Russia Sharapova (3/3) United States S. Williams (2/6) Denmark Wozniacki (5/5)
2012 United States S. Williams (3/6) Slovakia Cibulková (1/2) Slovakia Rybáriková China Li Czech Republic Kvitová (1/2) Czech Republic Kvitová (2/2)
2013 Slovakia Cibulková (2/2) Australia Stosur Not US Open Series Belarus Azarenka (2/2) United States S. Williams (4/6) Romania Halep
2014 United States S. Williams (5/6) Not held United States S. Williams (6/6) Poland Radwańska (2/2)

Past standings and their performance on The US Open[edit]

Note: Only players with points in two US Open Series events are eligible for the final (Top 3) standings.

US Open results
A did not participate in the tournament #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
QF advanced to but not past the quarterfinals SF advanced to but not past the semifinals
F advanced to the finals, tournament runner-up W won the tournament
Year Player (ATP Tour) Points Result Player (WTA Tour) Points Result
2004 1. Australia Lleyton Hewitt1 155 F 1. United States Lindsay Davenport1 100 SF
2. United States Andy Roddick 155 QF 2. France Amélie Mauresmo 100 QF
3. United States Andre Agassi 123 QF 3. Russia Elena Likhovtseva 70 1R
2005 1. United States Andy Roddick 120 1R 1. Belgium Kim Clijsters 225 W
2. United States Andre Agassi 105 F 2. France Mary Pierce 100 F
3. Spain Rafael Nadal2 100 3R 3. France Amélie Mauresmo 80 QF
2006 1. United States Andy Roddick 147 F 1. Serbia Ana Ivanovic 127 3R
2. Chile Fernando González 124 3R 2. Russia Maria Sharapova 122 W
3. United Kingdom Andy Murray 105 4R 3. Belgium Kim Clijsters 120 A
2007 1. Switzerland Roger Federer 170 W 1. Russia Maria Sharapova 122 3R
2. United States James Blake 167 4R 2. Serbia Jelena Janković 107 QF
3. United States Andy Roddick 112 QF 3. Switzerland Patty Schnyder3 97 3R
2008 1. Spain Rafael Nadal4 145 SF 1. Russia Dinara Safina 170 SF
2. United Kingdom Andy Murray 145 F 2. France Marion Bartoli 90 4R
3. Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 140 QF 3. Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 85 3R
2009 1. United States Sam Querrey 175 3R 1. Russia Elena Dementieva 170 2R
2. United Kingdom Andy Murray 145 4R 2. Italy Flavia Pennetta5 140 QF
3. Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 140 W 3. Serbia Jelena Janković 140 2R
2010 1. United Kingdom Andy Murray6 170 3R 1. Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 185 SF
2. Switzerland Roger Federer 170 SF 2. Belgium Kim Clijsters 125 W
3. United States Mardy Fish 140 4R 3. Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova7 115 4R
2011 1. United States Mardy Fish 230 4R 1. United States Serena Williams 170 F
2. Serbia Novak Djokovic 170 W 2. Poland Agnieszka Radwańska8 130 2R
3. United States John Isner 140 QF 3. Russia Maria Sharapova 130 3R
2012 1. Serbia Novak Djokovic 170 F 1. Czech Republic Petra Kvitová 215 4R
2. United States John Isner 140 3R 2. China Li Na 170 3R
3. United States Sam Querrey 135 3R 3. Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 100 3R
2013 1. Spain Rafael Nadal 200 W 1. United States Serena Williams 170 W
2. United States John Isner 185 3R 2. Belarus Victoria Azarenka 145 F
3. Argentina Juan Martin del Potro 130 2R 3. Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 130 4R
2014 1. TBD 1. United States Serena Williams 430 TBD
2. TBD 2. TBD
3. TBD 3. TBD
  • 1 – Hewitt and Davenport finished first in 2004 final standings based on more match wins in US Open Series events.
  • 2 – Nadal finished third in 2005 (over Roger Federer) based on more match wins in US Open Series events.
  • 3 – Schnyder was placed third in 2007 because Justine Henin (who had more points – 100 for winning Toronto) only played one tournament and was therefore not eligible for the top three positions.
  • 4 – Nadal won the 2008 series ahead of Murray because Nadal defeated Murray in Toronto, Canada.
  • 5 – Pennetta finished second in the 2009 final standings based on more match wins in US Open Series events.
  • 6 – Murray won the 2010 series ahead of Federer because Murray defeated Federer in Toronto.
  • 7 – Kuznetsova finished third in 2010 (over Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova) based on more games won in US Open Series events (all three won 9 matches and 19 sets).
  • 8 – Radwańska finished second in the 2011 final standings based on more match wins in US Open Series events.

Records[edit]

Players who won both the US Open Series and the US Open in the same year, receiving $1 million bonus prize money
Men: Roger Federer (2007) & Rafael Nadal (2013).
Women: Kim Clijsters (2005) & Serena Williams (2013).
Most points won
With doubling bonus for three countable tournaments (since 2014):
Women: Serena Williams, 430 points in 2014.
Without doubling bonus for three countable tournaments (until 2013):
Men: Mardy Fish, 230 points in 2011.
Women: Kim Clijsters, 225 points in 2005.
Most US Open Series overall victories
Men: Andy Roddick, 2 (2005 & 2006) & Rafael Nadal, 2 (2008 & 2013).
Women: Serena Williams, 3 (2011, 2013 & 2014).
Most US Open Series Top-3 finishes
Men: Andy Roddick, 4 (2004–2, 2005–1, 2006–1 & 2007–3) & Andy Murray, 4 (2006–3, 2008–2, 2009–2 & 2010–1).
Women: Maria Sharapova, 3 (2006–2, 2007–1 & 2011–3)
Most US Open Series tournament victories
Men: Roger Federer, 8
Women: Serena Williams, 6
Biggest payout in professional tennis history
Men: Rafael Nadal (2013) - $3.6 million
Women: Serena Williams (2013) - $3.6 million
Most successful nation in the US Open Series
USA, 30 tournament victories (Men: 21 & Women: 9).
Men: USA, 21 tournament victories.
Women: Russia, 11 tournament victories.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.emiratesusopenseries.com/USTA_and_Emirates_Airline_launch_landmark_partnership_for_US_Open_and_US_Open_Series/
  2. ^ Clarke, Liz (April 20, 2004). "USTA Moves to Promote Tennis; U.S. Open Series Aims To Please Players, Fans". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bonus Challenge". US Open Series. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kreda, Allan (September 10, 2005). "Clijsters Wins U.S. Open; Federer, Agassi Make Final". Bloomberg. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Clijsters Wins Second Consecutive U.S. Open Title". Long Island Tennis Magazine. September 13, 2010. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Federer tames Djokovic to clinch US Open crown". ABC News. September 10, 2007. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bonus Challenge – Emirates Airline US Open Series". Emirates Airline US Open Series. 
  8. ^ "US Open 2013: Taxman cometh for champions". ZeeNews India. September 10, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ Emirates US Open Series Tournaments

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