The 2012 US Open Series consists of a series of nine total combined Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournaments that lead up to the 2012 US Open Tennis Tournament. The US Open Series is a seven week hard court summer tournament series which started July 9 and ends August 25. These tournaments prepare players for the US Open, which starts August 27. All of the tournaments are played in the US except for the Rogers Cup which is played at two sites in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. The players accrue points based on their results in each of the tournaments. The male and female winners of the US Open Series have an additional incentive to win the US Open because of a $1 million dollar bonus, if they win the US Open Tournament.
In addition to the US Open Summer Series, the Olympics provided many thrilling matches and created some interesting dynamics moving forward on both the men and women’s side. Great Britain’s Andy Murray was able to finally dethrone Switzerland’s Roger Federer and he did so in dominating fashion. Murray defeated Federer 6-2, 6-1,6-4 in the final. This was the first time that Federer looked his age of 30. However, he did have a difficult path to get to the final. Federer had a bruising four hour semi-final against Del Potro which may have hurt his chances at winning the gold, prevailing 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17.
Murray has to be considered one of the favorites to win the US Open. Juan Martin Del Potro’s loss against Federer set him up for a showdown for the bronze medal. Del Potro won the first medal for Argentina in tennis by wrestling the bronze medal away from Serbia’s superstar, Novak Djokovic. Del Potro defeated Djokovic in a close 7-5, 6-4 match.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams was even more dominant than Murray with her lopsided victory over Russia’s Maria Sharapova beating her 6-0, 6-1. She also dispatched world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2 in her semi-final match. Williams was not tested at the Olympics and is the overwhelming favorite going into the US Open.
With the Olympics over, players will turn their attention back to the US Open Series events. Here is a look at the results of the first four weeks and a preview of the remaining US Open Series events.
- The WTA Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California started off the 2012 US Open Series. The Bank of the West Classic is held in Stanford and was played July 9-15. Serena Williams defeated fellow American Coco Vandeweghe winning 7-5, 6-3.
- Week 2 featured both an ATP and WTA event. The ATP BB&T Atlanta Open took place in Atlanta, Georgia and was played July 14 – 22. Andy Roddick defended his championship beating Luxenbourg’s Gilles Muller, 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-2.
- The WTA Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, CA was played July 14 – 22. Slovakia’s Dominica Cibulkova defended her championship defeating France’s Marion Bartoli 6-1, 7-5.
- The ATP Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, CA was a good showing for Sam Querrey. Southern California’s Sam Querrey also defended his title on the UCLA courts, downing Lithuanian qualifier, Ricardis Berankis, 6-0, 6-2.
- The ATP Citi Open held in Washington DC was played July 28 – August 5. The defending champion was Radek Stepanek, but there was a new champion crowned in 2012. Ukraine’s Alexander Dogopolov defeated 34 year-old German Tommy Haas 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-1.
- The Rogers Cup Women are playing in Montreal, Canada from August 3 – 12. The defending women’s champion is gold medallist, Serena Williams. The average price to see the Rogers Cup Women’s Tennis is $139.
- The Rogers Cup Men are playing in Toronto, Canada, from August 3 – 12. The defending men’s champion is Serbian sensation, Novak Djokovic. The average ticket price to see the Rogers Cup Men’s Tennis is $212.
- Back to the US, the Western & Southern Open is held in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tournament is played from August 11 – August 19. You will be able to see both the men and women play at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati. The women’s defending champion is Maria Sharapova and the men’s defending champion is Andy Murray. The average ticket prices to see the Western and Southern ATP-WTA Tennis is $81.
- The New Haven Open is hosted at Yale. This final stop for the women is played in New Haven, Connecticut from August 17 – 25. The defending champion is Caroine Wozniacki.
- The Winston-Salem Open in Winston-Salem, N.C. is from August 19-25. The defending champion is big serving American, John Isner.
- The 2012 US Open is played at the US Open USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. The US open starts August 27 and is played through September 9. The defending champions are Novak Djokovic and Samantha Stosur.
Murray is going to need this display of support from the crowd once again in order to capture the US Open.
For more information on the 2012 US Open see US Open Tickets 2012, 10 Americans to Watch at the 2012 US Open, 5 Steps to Serena’s Crown at the US Open, and the Top 5 Attractions Outside of the US Open.