Schedule nonsense at Bercy on Day 2: on Court Central (14 500 seats): Chardy, Mathieu and Llodra. On court 1 (300 seats): Dimitrov, Melzer, Cilic, Dolgopolov, Querrey and Verdasco. So as you guessed it, I spent most of the afternoon on Court 1.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Jurgen Melzer

The first match on Court 1: “Baby Fed” Dimitrov against 2010 French Open semifinalist Jurgen Melzer.
Both players had a disappointing season: Melzer’s ranking fell from 8 in 2011 to 30 this year and Dimitrov is around the top 50.

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov

Jurgen Melzer

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The US Open Series is the seven-week summer tennis season linking 10 ATP and WTA 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 Masters events in Canada and Cincinnati.

Bonus Prize

Players earn points according to their results in the events.
The US Open series gives bonus money to the top three player in the US Open Series, depending on their results at the 2012 US Open and the 2012 US Open Series.

US Open finish USO Series 1st place USO Series 2nd place USO Series 3rd place
Champion $1,000,000 $500,000 $250,000
Finalist $500,000 $250,000 $125,000
Semifinalist $250,000 $125,000 $62,500
Quarterfinalist $125,000 $62,500 $31,250
Round of 16 $70,000 $35,000 $17,500
Round of 32 $40,000 $20,000 $10,000
Round of 64 $25,000 $12,500 $6,250
Round of 128 $15,000 $7,500 $3,750

Last year’s US Open Series winners were Mardy Fish and Serena Williams.

Schedule

Week Date Men’s event Winner Women’s event Winner
1 July 9–15 No event Stanford Serena Williams
2 July 16–22 Atlanta Andy Roddick San Diego Dominika Cibulkova
3 July 23–29 Los Angeles Sam Querrey No event
4 July 30–Aug 5 Washington DC Alexandr Dolgopolov No event
5 Aug 6–12 Toronto Novak Djokovic Montreal Petra Kvitova
6 Aug 13–19 Cincinnati Roger Federer Cincinnati Li Na
7 Aug 20–26 Winston-Salem New Heaven

After Li Na and Stéphanie Foretz practice sessions, I head back to Court 17 to watch the third set between Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Melinda Czink. Another ugly win for the Russian, but a win is a win. 4-6 6-3 6-3 for Anastasia who will face Klara Zakopalova in the third round.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Melinda Czink

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Back from my third day at Roland Garros. My first day was all about old and future stars, my second day was all about women’s tennis, and today was all about French players and Sam Querrey.

First, on Court 9: Paul-Henri Mathieu at practice with Fabio Fognini

Paul-Henri Mathieu

Paul-Henri Mathieu

Fognini saved 2 match points two match points to beat No. 28 seed Viktor Troicki in three hours and 30 minutes, in a match that started on Wednesday but was carried over due to rain.

Fabio Fognini

Fabio Fognini

And PHM? Well, he outbattled John Isner in 5 hours and 41 minutes to reach the third round.

Paul-Henri Mathieu

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Part 3 of my Sunday Start photo recap: players at practice:

Dmitry Tursunov

Dmitry Tursunov

Dmitry Tursunov

Dmitry Tursunov

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