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U.S. Open series kicks off the hard court tennis season

July 19,2010-The Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon for 2010 are now in the books. Leading up to the U.S. Open is the Olympus U.S. Open Series which starts this week with the Atlanta Tennis Championships Jul. 19 – 25.

Serena Williams of the United States.
(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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Atlanta Tennis Championships                                                                                 Jul. 19 - 25

Bank of the West Classic                                         Stanford, California                Jul. 26 - Aug. 1

Farmers Classic                                                        Los Angeles, Ca.                    Jul. 26 - Aug. 1

Mercury Insurance Open                                          San Diego, CA                         Aug. 2 - 8

Legg Mason Tennis Classic                                   Washington D.C.                     Aug. 2 - 8

W&SFG Women's Open                                          Cincinnati,Ohio                         Aug. 9 - 15

Rogers Masters                                                         Toronto,Canada                      Aug. 9 - 15

Rogers Cup                                                                Montreal, Canada                   Aug. 16 - 22

W&SFG Masters                                                        Cincinnati, Ohio                       Aug. 16 - 22

Pilot Pen Tennis                                                        New Haven, Connecticut       Aug. 22 - 28

The U.S. Open series brings tennis to the United States for six weeks. The series is 10 ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments.

During the U.S. Open series, the points earned will boost the players’ rankings and possibly their bank accounts.

Points awarded at ATP World Tour Masters 1000(Cincinnati and Canada) and WTA Premier events are doubled. The male and female player with the highest point totals, at the end of the series, each earn double the prize money at the U.S. Open, players with the second highest point totals increase their prize money by 50%, and players with the third highest point totals receive a 25% increase.

The U.S. Open series tournaments will occupy almost 80 hours of television coverage between ESPN2, CBS and Tennis Channel. This will start with the final weekend of the Atlanta  Championships on Tennis Channel starting Friday, July 23rd at 2pm.


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