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United States Open Series

The US Open Series is United States Tennis Association's designation for a series of North American professional tennis tournaments leading up to and including the US Open. It is also often referred to as the U.S. or North American hard court season. From 2012 until 2018, the series will be sponsored by Emirates.[1]

The series was initially 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 ESPN family of networks has signed on to be the series' sole television distributor from 2015 through 2025. 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. The dual-gender Washington D.C. Citi Open (the only ATP 500-level tournament in North America), which had been a part of the series since its 2004 founding, withdrew from the series in 2015 due to frustrations over the perceived lack of television coverage on the ESPN networks; that tournament sold its exclusive coverage to Tennis Channel[3].

Bonus Challenge

Players earn points for the US Open Series Bonus Challenge in order to win a bonus on top of the individual series tournaments' prize money, according to their results in these events. More points are awarded at some of the events, such as the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 events.[4] The three male and three female players with the most points in the US Open Series Bonus Challenge earn a money purse. 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, at the time the largest payday in women's sports. Clijsters defeated Frenchwoman Mary Pierce in straight sets: 6-3, 6-1.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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 Us Open series payday record by winning $3.6 million each, and they shared the record for the largest prize money paycheck in tennis history for a single tennis tournament. [8][9]

In 2014, Serena Williams would repeat her previous year performance in winning both the US Open Series and the US Open. She now stands alone in the record for the biggest payday in tennis history, with a total amount of $4 million.[10]

The 2017 US Open Series did not feature a Bonus Challenge.[11]

Series tournaments

Tournaments

In 2017, the US Open Series comprises the following tournaments:[12]

Week Men's Events Women's Events
1
(Week of July 24)
Atlanta
BB&T Atlanta Open
N/A
2
(Week of July 31)
N/A Stanford
Bank of the West Classic
3
(Week of August 7)
Montreal/Toronto
Rogers Cup
4
(Week of August 14)
Cincinnati
Western & Southern Open
5
(Week of August 21)
Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem Open
New Haven
Connecticut Open
6-7
(Weeks of August 28 / September 4)
New York
US Open

Points distribution

2008-2016

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

2006-2007

[13]

Round ATP Masters Series
WTA Tour Tier I
ATP International Series
WTA Tour Tier II
Winner
100
50
Finalist
70
35
Semifinalist
45
22
Quarterfinalist
25
12
Round of 16
15
0

2004-2005

[14]

Round ATP Masters Series
WTA Tour Tier I
WTA Tour Tier II ATP International Series
($600,000 and above)
ATP International Series
(below $600,000)
Winner
100
50
40
35
Finalist
70
35
28
24
Semifinalist
45
22
18
15
Quarterfinalist
25
12
10
8
Round of 16
15
0
0
0

Past tournament winners

Men

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 (1/2) Switzerland Federer (1/9) United States Agassi (1/2) Australia Hewitt (2/2)
2005 United States Agassi (2/2) United States Ginepri (1/2) United States Roddick (2/5) Spain Nadal (1/4) Switzerland Federer (2/9) United States Blake (1/3)
2006 Germany Haas (2/2) United States Blake (2/3) France Clément (1/1) Switzerland Federer (3/9) United States Roddick (3/5) Russia Davydenko (1/1)
2007 Czech Republic ?t?pánek (1/2) Russia Tursunov (1/1) United States Roddick (4/5) Serbia Djokovic (1/4) Switzerland Federer (4/9) United States Blake (3/3)
2008 Argentina Del Potro (1/4) France Simon (1/1) Argentina Del Potro (2/4) Spain Nadal (2/4) United Kingdom Murray (1/5) Croatia ?ili? (1/2)
2009 United States Querrey (1/3) United States Ginepri (2/2) Argentina Del Potro (3/4) United Kingdom Murray (2/5) Switzerland Federer (5/9) Spain Verdasco (1/1)
2010 United States Querrey (2/3) United States Fish (1/2) Argentina Nalbandian (1/1) United Kingdom Murray (3/5) Switzerland Federer (6/9) Ukraine Stakhovsky (1/1)
2011 Latvia Gulbis (1/1) United States Fish (2/2) Czech Republic ?t?pánek (2/2) Serbia Djokovic (2/4) United Kingdom Murray (4/5) United States Isner (1/6)
2012 United States Querrey (3/3) United States Roddick (5/5) Ukraine Dolgopolov (1/1) Serbia Djokovic (3/4) Switzerland Federer (7/9) United States Isner (2/6)
2013 Not held United States Isner (3/6) Argentina Del Potro (4/4) Spain Nadal (3/4) Spain Nadal (4/4) Austria Melzer (1/1)
2014 United States Isner (4/6) Canada Raonic (1/1) France Tsonga (1/1) Switzerland Federer (8/9) Czech Republic Rosol (1/1)
2015 United States Isner (5/6) Not US Open Series United Kingdom Murray (5/5) Switzerland Federer (9/9) South Africa Anderson (1/1)
2016 Australia Kyrgios (1/1) Serbia Djokovic (4/4) Croatia ?ili? (2/2) Spain Carreño Busta (1/1)
2017 United States Isner (6/6) Germany Zverev (1/1) Bulgaria Dimitrov (1/1) Spain Bautista Agut (1/1)

Women

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 (1/1) Russia Bovina (1/1)
2005 Belgium Clijsters (1/5) France Pierce (1/1) 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 Ivanovic (1/2) Belgium Henin (1/2)
2007 Russia Chakvetadze (1/1) Russia Sharapova (2/3) Serbia Ivanovic (2/2) Belgium Henin (2/2) Russia Kuznetsova (1/2)
2008 Canada Wozniak (1/1) Not held Russia Safina (1/2) Russia Safina (2/2) Denmark Wozniacki (1/5)
2009 France Bartoli (1/1) Italy Pennetta (1/1) Serbia Jankovi? (1/1) 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 (1/7) Poland Radwa?ska (1/3) Russia Sharapova (3/3) United States S. Williams (2/7) Denmark Wozniacki (5/5)
2012 United States S. Williams (3/7) Slovakia Cibulková (1/2) Slovakia Rybáriková (1/1) China Li (1/1) Czech Republic Kvitová (1/4) Czech Republic Kvitová (2/4)
2013 Slovakia Cibulková (2/2) Australia Stosur (1/1) Not US Open Series Belarus Azarenka (2/2) United States S. Williams (4/7) Romania Halep (1/2)
2014 United States S. Williams (5/7) Not held United States S. Williams (6/7) Poland Radwa?ska (2/3) Czech Republic Kvitová (3/4)
2015 Germany Kerber (1/1) Not US Open Series United States S. Williams (7/7) Switzerland Bencic (1/1) Czech Republic Kvitová (4/4)
2016 United Kingdom Konta (1/1) Not held Czech Republic Ka. Plí?ková (1/1) Romania Halep (2/2) Poland Radwa?ska (3/3)
2017 United States Keys (1/1) Spain Muguruza (1/1) Ukraine Svitolina (1/1) Australia Gavrilova (1/1)

Series standings + performance at the US Open

Note: From 2006 on, only players who earned points in at least 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 US Open Player (WTA Tour) Points US Open
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 85 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 Jankovi? 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 Jankovi? 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 Radwa?ska8 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 Martín del Potro 130 2R 3. Poland Agnieszka Radwa?ska 130 4R
2014 1. Canada Milos Raonic9 280 4R 1. United States Serena Williams9 430 W
2. United States John Isner9 200 3R 2. Germany Angelique Kerber9 150 3R
3. Switzerland Roger Federer 170 SF 3. Poland Agnieszka Radwa?ska 125 2R
2015 1. United Kingdom Andy Murray 145 4R 1. Czech Republic Karolína Plí?ková9 150 1R
2. Serbia Novak Djokovic 140 W 2. United States Serena Williams 145 SF
3. United States John Isner 95 4R 3. Romania Simona Halep 140 SF
2016 1. Japan Kei Nishikori 85 SF 1. Poland Agnieszka Radwa?ska9 220 4R
2. Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov10 70 4R 2. United Kingdom Johanna Konta9 170 4R
3. Canada Milos Raonic 70 2R 3. Romania Simona Halep 145 QF
2017 Bonus challenge not held
  • 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 set 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 - Radwa?ska finished second in the 2011 final standings based on more match wins in US Open Series events.
  • 9 - Players who had their point totals doubled due to having obtained points in at least three different events, based on a rule enforced from 2014 on.
  • 10 - Dimitrov finished second in the 2016 final standings based on more match wins in US Open Series events.

Records

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, 2014).
* - Clijsters received the Champion's prize money, $1.1M, plus a bonus equaling the prize money, $1.1M, for a total of $2.2M.
Most points won
Without doubling bonus for three countable tournaments (until 2013):
Men: Mardy Fish, 230 points in 2011.
Women: Kim Clijsters, 225 points in 2005.
With doubling bonus for three countable tournaments (since 2014):
Men: Milos Raonic, 280 points in 2014.
Women: Serena Williams, 430 points in 2014.
Most US Open Series overall victories
Men: 2, Andy Roddick (2005, 2006); Rafael Nadal (2008, 2013); Andy Murray (2010, 2015).
Women: 3, Serena Williams (2011, 2013, 2014).
Most US Open Series Top-3 finishes
Men: 5, Andy Murray (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015) & John Isner (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).
Women: 4, Serena Williams (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) & Agnieszka Radwa?ska (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016).
Most US Open Series tournament victories
Men: 9, Roger Federer
Women: 7, Serena Williams
Biggest payout in the series (which always becomes the biggest in professional tennis history)
Serena Williams (2014) - $4 million (won US Open Series and US Open).
Biggest payout in men's: Novak Djokovic (2015) - $3.8 million (US Open Series runner-up and US Open winner).
Most successful nation in the US Open Series
Overall: USA, 35 tournament victories (Men: 23 & Women: 12).
Men: USA, 23 tournament victories.
Women: USA, 12 tournament victories.

References

  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 2011. 
  3. ^ https://www.si.com/tennis/2015/08/13/washington-dc-citi-open-separate-us-open-series-tennis-channel-espn-usta
  4. ^ "Bonus Challenge". US Open Series. Retrieved 2011. 
  5. ^ Kreda, Allan (September 10, 2005). "Clijsters Wins U.S. Open; Federer, Agassi Make Final". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011. 
  6. ^ "Clijsters Wins Second Consecutive U.S. Open Title". Long Island Tennis Magazine. September 13, 2010. Retrieved 2011. 
  7. ^ "Federer tames Djokovic to clinch US Open crown". ABC News. September 10, 2007. Retrieved 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bonus Challenge - Emirates Airline US Open Series". Emirates Airline US Open Series. 
  9. ^ "US Open 2013: Taxman cometh for champions". ZeeNews India. September 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  10. ^ "Serena sweeps aside Wozniacki for third straight US Open". US Open Official Site - A USTA Event. 
  11. ^ @usopen (July 18, 2017). "We will not have #USOpenSeries bonus money this year" (Tweet). Retrieved 2017 - via Twitter. 
  12. ^ Emirates US Open Series Tournaments
  13. ^ "US Open Series - Bonus Challenge". US Tennis Association. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ "2005 US Open Series Bonus Points System" (PDF). US Tennis Association. Retrieved 2017. 

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