“US Open Series Bonus Challenge” Launches This Week in Los Angeles and Stanford
US Open Series Standings to Reflect Points Awarded on Weekly Basis
Top Three Men's and Top Three Women's Performers in US Open Series To Compete For up to $1.3 Million in Bonus Prize Money at US Open
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 13, 2004 -- The USTA announced the launch of the "US Open Series Bonus Challenge,” the points and standings system linking the performance of players competing in the US Open Series to bonus prize money at the US Open. The US Open Series points system was developed in conjunction with the ATP and WTA Tour.
Players competing in singles in US Open Series tournaments will vie for up to $1.3 million in bonus prize money at this year’s US Open. In 2004, the men's and women's winners of the US Open Series will earn an additional 50% of the prize money they would otherwise receive at the US Open. The USTA will award bonus prize money to the top three men’s and women’s singles finishers in the US Open Series.
Bonus Points System & US Open Series Standings
US Open Series Bonus Points will be awarded at each of the 10 US Open Series tournaments this summer. Following the completion of each US Open Series tournament throughout the summer, the USTA will tabulate points and issue the standings of the current men’s and women’s leaders in the US Open Series Bonus Challenge.
Bonus Points will be awarded at each US Open Series ATP event based on the Indesit ATP Race points for each tournament. Bonus points for the US Open Series WTA Tour Tier I event will be equivalent to Masters Series points, with Tier II events receiving half the level of Tier I points. Points will be awarded through the Round of 16 for the Masters Series and Tier I events, and through the quarterfinals (top eight players) for the Tier II and International Series events as follows:
Following the conclusion of the final US Open Series tournaments during the week of August 23, the top three men's and top three women's finishers in the US Open Series Bonus Challenge will compete at the 2004 US Open for bonus singles prize money.
Bonus Prize Money at US Open
Last week, the USTA announced that 2004 US Open prize money will exceed $17.75 million – with a potential payout of more than $19 million tied to the performance of the top players in the US Open Series. The 2004 US Open Men’s and Women’s Singles Champions will receive $1,000,000, with the ability to earn up to $1.5 million – a 50% bonus – based on their performance in the US Open Series. The second-place and third-place finishers in the US Open Series also will receive bonus prize money in singles at the US Open, earning an additional 25% and 10% bonus respectively.
Effective in 2005, the men’s and women’s winners of the US Open Series will play for double the singles prize money at the US Open. Second place finishers will receive an additional 50% and third place finishers will receive an additional 25% of their US Open singles prize money.
US Open Series
The US Open Series begins this week with the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., and the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles. The US Open Series is the six-week summer tennis season for 10 ATP and WTA Tour professional tournaments in North America leading up to and linked to the US Open. ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and The Tennis Channel will provide more than 160 hours of live, national coverage of US Open Series events. The US Open Series coverage, combined with 140 hours of US Open broadcasts on CBS Sports and USA Network, represent a record of more than 300 hours of national pro tennis coverage over eight weeks during the summer.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world. In addition, it owns the 96 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 675,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels.