Steffi Graf, winner of 22 Grand Slams titles and the Golden Slam in 1988 (all four Grand Slam titles and the Olympic gold medal in one year), and Fernando Gonzalez, the winner of the 2004 Olympic gold medal, visited the adidas London 2012 Media Lounge for Q&A with media.

The athletes answered questions about their life after tennis, the difference in sports technology over the years and their opinions about the new generation of young tennis players. They also predicted the outcome for the women’s and men’s Olympic tennis finals with both of them expecting Serena Williams and Roger Federer to win their respective matches.

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Serena Williams trashed Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-1 to complete a career Golden Slam (all 4 Grand Slam tournaments + the Olympic Golden medal).

Gold: Serena Williams (USA)
Silver: Maria Sharapova (Russia)
Bronze: Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)

In the mens doubles finals, Bob and Mike Bryan beat the French pair of Tsonga and Llodra.

Gold: Bob and Mike Bryan (USA)
Silver: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra (France)
Bronze: Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau (France)

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

Nike celebrates Serena Williams‘ fifth Wimbledon title with message of congratulations.