US Open Series: Season Four

August 27, 2006 01:18 PM

Building on the succes of its first two seasons, the 2007 US Open Series is the ultimate summer hard-court series. From Indianapolis to Los Angeles, from Stanford to Washington, DC, come watch your favorite men's and women's compete for valuable US Open Series Bonus Challenge Points. The points that they earn will determine how much Bonus Prize Money they can earn at the 2007 US Open!

In 2006, Andy Roddick captured his second straight US Open Series Lever 2000 Challenge and claimed $500,000 in bonus prize money for his runner-up finish at the 2006 US Open. Maria Sharapova, who finished second in the women's final US Open Series Lever 2000 Challenge standings, also took home $500,000 on top of the $1.2 million she received for winning the women's singles tournament for a total payout of $1.7 million.

2006 US Open Series Concludes With Roddick and Ivanovic Winning Titles

White Plains, N.Y. – The 2006 US Open Series came to an end at the Pilot Pen in New Haven, Conn, with the final event of the six-week, 10-tournament Series concluding with the men’s and women’s final -- two days before the start of the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the year. Justine Henin-Hardenne defeated Lindsay Davenport in the afternoon with Nikolay Davydenko winning the men’s title later in the day.

The 2006 US Open Series featured many new initiatives, including the implementation of instant replay at tournaments throughout the summer, the introduction of in-stadium videoboards, the first umbrella sponsor of the Series -- Lever 2000 -- and numerous television enhancements.

Andy Roddick clinched the US Open Series Lever 2000 Challenge on the men’s side with his victory in Cincinnati, while Ana Ivanovic clinched the women’s title with her tournament victory at the Rogers Cup and a loss by Patty Schnyder at the Pilot Pen.

Second and third-places on the women’s side were also finalized in New Haven with Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters securing second and third, respectively. Fernando Gonzalez (second place) and Andy Murray (third) had already clinched their positions in the final standings in Week Five.

By virtue of a runner-up finish in the 2006 US Open, Roddick, who was defeated by Roger Federer in the men's final, took home $500,000 in bonus prize money. Sharapova, the second-place finisher in the US Open Series, also added $500,000 to her $1.2 million purse for winning the women's singles tournament. Meanwhile, Ivanovic won $40,000 in extra prize money for advancing to the third round, Gonzalez claimed $20,000 for surviving until the third and Murray collected $17,500 for reaching the fourth.

Check out the final 2006 US Open Series Lever 2000 Challenge standings.