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The US Open Series is the name given by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for a series of North American professional tennis tournaments leading up to and including the US Open. It is part of the U.S. or "North American hard court season". Emirates currently sponsors the series, under a deal in place from 2012 to 2018.[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 prominent ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Canada and Cincinnati.

Under the US Open's broadcast rights, ESPN has held domestic rights to all US Open Series events since 2015. The eight non-Masters tournaments receive about 50 hours of television combined – about two hours on each day of their final weekends, chiefly on ESPN2. 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 for its 2015 edition due to frustrations over this lack of coverage; that tournament sold its exclusive coverage to Tennis Channel.[3][4] The tournament re-joined the US Open Series in 2019, but continues to maintain its broadcast rights with Tennis Channel.[5]

Bonus ChallengeEdit

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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. [10][11]

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.[12]

Starting from 2017, the US Open Series will not feature a Bonus Challenge.[13][14]

Series tournamentsEdit

TournamentsEdit

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

In 2019, the US Open Series comprises the following tournaments:[15]

Week Men's Events Women's Events
1
(Week of July 22)
Atlanta
BB&T Atlanta Open
N/A
2
(Week of July 29)
Washington, D.C.
Citi Open
San José
Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic
3
(Week of August 5)
Montreal/Toronto
Rogers Cup
4
(Week of August 12)
Cincinnati
Western & Southern Open
5
(Week of August 19)
Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem Open
N/A
6–7
(Weeks of August 26 / September 2)
New York
US Open

Points distributionEdit

2008–2016Edit

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

2006–2007Edit

[16]

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

2004–2005Edit

[17]

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 winnersEdit

MenEdit

Year Los Angeles Indianapolis/Atlanta Washington Montreal/Toronto Cincinnati New Haven/Winston-Salem
2004   Haas (1/2)   Roddick (1/5)   Hewitt (1/2)   Federer (1/9)   Agassi (1/2)   Hewitt (2/2)
2005   Agassi (2/2)   Ginepri (1/2)   Roddick (2/5)   Nadal (1/6)   Federer (2/9)   Blake (1/3)
2006   Haas (2/2)   Blake (2/3)   Clément (1/1)   Federer (3/9)   Roddick (3/5)   Davydenko (1/1)
2007   Štěpánek (1/2)   Tursunov (1/1)   Roddick (4/5)   Djokovic (1/5)   Federer (4/9)   Blake (3/3)
2008   Del Potro (1/4)   Simon (1/1)   Del Potro (2/4)   Nadal (2/6)   Murray (1/5)   Čilić (1/2)
2009   Querrey (1/3)   Ginepri (2/2)   Del Potro (3/4)   Murray (2/5)   Federer (5/9)   Verdasco (1/1)
2010   Querrey (2/3)   Fish (1/2)   Nalbandian (1/1)   Murray (3/5)   Federer (6/9)   Stakhovsky (1/1)
2011   Gulbis (1/1)   Fish (2/2)   Štěpánek (2/2)   Djokovic (2/5)   Murray (4/5)   Isner (1/7)
2012   Querrey (3/3)   Roddick (5/5)   Dolgopolov (1/1)   Djokovic (3/5)   Federer (7/9)   Isner (2/7)
2013 Not held   Isner (3/7)   Del Potro (4/4)   Nadal (3/6)   Nadal (4/6)   Melzer (1/1)
2014   Isner (4/7)   Raonic (1/1)   Tsonga (1/1)   Federer (8/9)   Rosol (1/1)
2015   Isner (5/7) Not US Open Series   Murray (5/5)   Federer (9/9)   Anderson (1/1)
2016   Kyrgios (1/2)   Djokovic (4/5)   Čilić (2/2)   Carreño Busta (1/1)
2017   Isner (6/7)   Zverev (1/1)   Dimitrov (1/1)   Bautista Agut (1/1)
2018   Isner (7/7)   Nadal (5/6)   Djokovic (5/5)   Medvedev (1/2)
2019   de Minaur (1/1)   Kyrgios (2/2)   Nadal (6/6)   Medvedev (2/2)   Hurkacz (1/1)

WomenEdit

Year Stanford/San José San Diego/Carlsbad Los Angeles/Washington Cincinnati Montreal/Toronto New Haven
2004   Davenport (1/4)   Davenport (2/4)   Davenport (3/4) Not US Open Series   Mauresmo (1/1)   Bovina (1/1)
2005   Clijsters (1/5)   Pierce (1/1)   Clijsters (2/5)   Clijsters (3/5)   Davenport (4/4)
2006   Clijsters (4/5)   Sharapova (1/3)   Dementieva (1/2)   Ivanovic (1/2)   Henin (1/2)
2007   Chakvetadze (1/1)   Sharapova (2/3)   Ivanovic (2/2)   Henin (2/2)   Kuznetsova (1/2)
2008   Wozniak (1/1) Not held   Safina (1/2)   Safina (2/2)   Wozniacki (1/5)
2009   Bartoli (1/1)   Pennetta (1/1)   Janković (1/1)   Dementieva (2/2)   Wozniacki (2/5)
2010   Azarenka (1/2)   Kuznetsova (2/2) Not held   Clijsters (5/5)   Wozniacki (3/5)   Wozniacki (4/5)
2011   S. Williams (1/7)   Radwańska (1/3)   Sharapova (3/3)   S. Williams (2/7)   Wozniacki (5/5)
2012   S. Williams (3/7)   Cibulková (1/2)   Rybáriková (1/1)   Li (1/1)   Kvitová (1/4)   Kvitová (2/4)
2013   Cibulková (2/2)   Stosur (1/1) Not US Open Series   Azarenka (2/2)   S. Williams (4/7)   Halep (1/3)
2014   S. Williams (5/7) Not held   S. Williams (6/7)   Radwańska (2/3)   Kvitová (3/4)
2015   Kerber (1/1) Not US Open Series   S. Williams (7/7)   Bencic (1/1)   Kvitová (4/4)
2016   Konta (1/1) Not held   Ka. Plíšková (1/1)   Halep (2/3)   Radwańska (3/3)
2017   Keys (1/2)   Muguruza (1/1)   Svitolina (1/1)   Gavrilova (1/1)
2018   Buzărnescu (1/1)   Bertens (1/1)   Halep (3/3)   Sabalenka (1/1)
2019   Zheng (1/1)   Keys (2/2)   Andreescu (1/1) Not held

Series standings + performance at the US OpenEdit

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.   Lleyton Hewitt1 155 F 1.   Lindsay Davenport1 100 SF
2.   Andy Roddick 155 QF 2.   Amélie Mauresmo 100 QF
3.   Andre Agassi 123 QF 3.   Elena Likhovtseva 85 1R
2005 1.   Andy Roddick 120 1R 1.   Kim Clijsters 225 W
2.   Andre Agassi 105 F 2.   Mary Pierce 100 F
3.   Rafael Nadal2 100 3R 3.   Amélie Mauresmo 80 QF
2006 1.   Andy Roddick 147 F 1.   Ana Ivanovic 127 3R
2.   Fernando González 124 3R 2.   Maria Sharapova 122 W
3.   Andy Murray 105 4R 3.   Kim Clijsters 120 A
2007 1.   Roger Federer 170 W 1.   Maria Sharapova 122 3R
2.   James Blake 167 4R 2.   Jelena Janković 107 QF
3.   Andy Roddick 112 QF 3.   Patty Schnyder3 97 3R
2008 1.   Rafael Nadal4 145 SF 1.   Dinara Safina 170 SF
2.   Andy Murray 145 F 2.   Marion Bartoli 90 4R
3.   Juan Martín del Potro 140 QF 3.   Dominika Cibulková 85 3R
2009 1.   Sam Querrey 175 3R 1.   Elena Dementieva 170 2R
2.   Andy Murray 145 4R 2.   Flavia Pennetta5 140 QF
3.   Juan Martín del Potro 140 W 3.   Jelena Janković 140 2R
2010 1.   Andy Murray6 170 3R 1.   Caroline Wozniacki 185 SF
2.   Roger Federer 170 SF 2.   Kim Clijsters 125 W
3.   Mardy Fish 140 4R 3.   Svetlana Kuznetsova7 115 4R
2011 1.   Mardy Fish 230 4R 1.   Serena Williams 170 F
2.   Novak Djokovic 170 W 2.   Agnieszka Radwańska8 130 2R
3.   John Isner 140 QF 3.   Maria Sharapova 130 3R
2012 1.   Novak Djokovic 170 F 1.   Petra Kvitová 215 4R
2.   John Isner 140 3R 2.   Li Na 170 3R
3.   Sam Querrey 135 3R 3.   Dominika Cibulková 100 3R
2013 1.   Rafael Nadal 200 W 1.   Serena Williams 170 W
2.   John Isner 185 3R 2.   Victoria Azarenka 145 F
3.   Juan Martín del Potro 130 2R 3.   Agnieszka Radwańska 130 4R
2014 1.   Milos Raonic9 280 4R 1.   Serena Williams9 430 W
2.   John Isner9 200 3R 2.   Angelique Kerber9 150 3R
3.   Roger Federer 170 SF 3.   Agnieszka Radwańska 125 2R
2015 1.   Andy Murray 145 4R 1.   Karolína Plíšková9 150 1R
2.   Novak Djokovic 140 W 2.   Serena Williams 145 SF
3.   John Isner 95 4R 3.   Simona Halep 140 SF
2016 1.   Kei Nishikori 85 SF 1.   Agnieszka Radwańska9 220 4R
2.   Grigor Dimitrov10 70 4R 2.   Johanna Konta9 170 4R
3.   Milos Raonic 70 2R 3.   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 – Radwańska 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.

RecordsEdit

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 Radwańska (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, 36 tournament victories (Men: 23 & Women: 13).
Men: USA, 23 tournament victories.
Women: USA, 13 tournament victories.

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