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Pureracket
Apr 20th, 2004, 07:07 AM
By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer
April 20, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a bid to boost tennis' exposure leading up to the U.S. Open, 10 summer hard-court tournaments will be packaged together for TV this year and offer bonus money for players.

The U.S. Tennis Association said it would announce the formation of The US Open Series at a news conference Tuesday.

The events will be marketed as a group, with telecasts of semifinals and finals slotted for 4-6 p.m. EDT each week. In the past, there was no consistent time slot for television coverage of these tournaments.

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It will start July 12 with the men's tournament in Los Angeles and the women's tournament at Stanford.

Also participating in 2004: ATP events at Indianapolis (starting July 19), Toronto (July 26), Cincinnati (Aug. 2), Washington, D.C. (Aug. 16) and Long Island (Aug. 23), and WTA events at Los Angeles (July 19), Montreal (Aug. 2) and New Haven (Aug. 23).

The U.S. Open, the year's final Grand Slam tournament, starts Aug. 30.

Players faring the best overall during the new series will earn extra prize money at the U.S. Open. This year, the top man and woman in the summer circuit will each get a 50 percent bonus on top of their U.S. Open winnings; that will rise to 100 percent in 2005.

A new $150 million contract the USTA and CBS Sports agreed to last year for U.S. Open broadcasts included the possibility of live telecasts from a new series.

CBS will air matches from at least two of The US Open Series tournaments, ESPN will televise seven events, and NBC one. That will give tennis 100 hours of coverage on national television over the six-week series. The series is looking for an exclusive sponsor, a USTA source told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

WtaTour4Ever
Apr 20th, 2004, 07:10 AM
Sounds good to me!!

dekker
Apr 20th, 2004, 07:10 AM
fantastic! it's great for tennis to have this exposure!

CanadianGuy
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:00 AM
Perfect:) Too bad they didnt do it when Serena was invincible. But nice to see CBS broadcasting these events. Hopefully we Canadians can get some ESPN coverages :angel:~prayer:

Jeff
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:02 AM
Cool beans

pierce0415
Apr 20th, 2004, 02:42 PM
um why is San Diego not part of the series?

Chunchun
Apr 20th, 2004, 02:50 PM
Go LenaD in those tournaments!

Sportfan
Apr 20th, 2004, 02:55 PM
Sounds cool.

SJW
Apr 20th, 2004, 02:57 PM
i guess Serena will make sure she's fully rested for this ;) go babygirl :kiss:

LiliaLee-Frazier
Apr 20th, 2004, 03:21 PM
Awesome news! I also read this on my aol Tennis sports this morning :D :bounce: ;)

SelesFan70
Apr 20th, 2004, 03:22 PM
So that was the big announcement Wertheim was talking about yesteday! Cool! I love it! I love it! I love it! :D

croat123
Apr 20th, 2004, 05:17 PM
:d

Knizzle
Apr 20th, 2004, 05:29 PM
um why is San Diego not part of the series?
That's a good thing, now coverage of it will stay with Fox Sports Net

darrinbaker00
Apr 20th, 2004, 05:40 PM
I think a lot more players will be taking the Jelena Dokic approach this summer..... ;)

Knizzle
Apr 20th, 2004, 07:31 PM
7/12 Stanford: Venus

7/19 JPMorgan: Venus and Serena

7/25 Acura: Venus and Serena

8/2 Montreal: Serena

Four weeks in a row watching the sisters!! I hope they play all of these tournaments.

Knizzle
Apr 21st, 2004, 05:56 AM
Bump

Acura website says Serena is scheduled to play.

sartrista7
Apr 21st, 2004, 06:02 AM
I think a lot more players will be taking the Jelena Dokic approach this summer..... ;)

On hardcourts... with a detour back to Europe for the Olympics... then back again for the US Open. EEK, INJURIES.

azza
Apr 21st, 2004, 06:06 AM
Yay Joy :rolleyes:

Knizzle
Apr 21st, 2004, 06:08 AM
Yay Joy :rolleyes:
Maybe one day coverage will come to Australia.

azza
Apr 21st, 2004, 08:02 AM
Maybe one day coverage will come to Australia.
Ugh i hope not