The US Open Series is the six-week summer tennis season linking 10 ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson 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.
It was organized in 2004 as a way to focus more attention on American tennis tournaments by getting more of them on domestic television. 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.
Players earn points according to their results in the events; points awarded at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Premier events are doubled.
The male and female player with the highest point totals each earn double the prize money at the U.S. Open, players with the second highest point totals increase their prize money by 50%, and players with the third highest point totals receive a 25% increase.
Last year’s US Open Series winners were Sam Querrey and Elena Dementieva.
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Enjoy the latest TV spot with Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters, Melanie Oudin, Andy Roddick…. and get ready for this year’s Olympus US Open Series: