The Emirates Airline US Open Series is the six-week summer tennis season that links nine North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open.
Beginning in July and showcasing 200 of the game’s top players competing for nearly $40 million in prize money, the Emirates Airline US Open Series awards bonus points based on performance at each of its events. The top three men’s and top three women’s finishers all earn bonus prize money at the US Open, with the champions of the Series Bonus Challenge having the opportunity to win $1 million in bonus prize money in Flushing Meadows.
The Emirates Airline US Open Series enables tennis fans to see the world’s best players in action from coast to coast. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick are among the men who have captured the Series crown, while the women’s champions include Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki.
The Emirates Airline US Open Series makes it easier for fans to connect with the game thanks to live national television coverage every weekend throughout the summer, including broadcasts of every men’s and women’s final. Approximately 200 hours of Series action are broadcast on ESPN2, CBS and Tennis Channel each summer. When combined with the US Open, the Series delivers more national live television coverage than any single summer sport—all in High Definition (HD).
CHANGING THE GAME
Bonus prize money, more tennis on television and a new broadcast standard with all telecasts available in HD are but a few of the innovations fostered by the Emirates Airline US Open Series. The Series also debuted "US Open Blue" courts to heighten visibility of the ball and create a signature look, and introduced the use of instant replay and the "Chase Review" electronic line-calling challenge system.