WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 25, 2013 – The USTA announced that tickets for all nine of the 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series events will be on sale Tuesday, March 5 at 10 a.m. ET through www.emiratesusopenseries.com. This is the first time that Emirates Airline US Open Series events are coordinating their ticket sales. The USTA will support the initiative with a national marketing campaign, as well as a satellite media tour with American teenager Sloane Stephens, who is currently ranked No. 17 in the WTA Rankings.
The 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series schedule is:
BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC JULY 22-28
BB&T ATLANTA OPEN JULY 22-28
MERCURY INSURANCE OPEN JULY 29-AUG 4
CITI OPEN JULY 29-AUG 4
ROGERS CUP AUGUST 5-11
ROGERS CUP AUGUST 5-11
WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN AUGUST 11-18
NEW HAVEN, CT
NEW HAVEN OPEN AT YALE AUGUST 18-24
WINSTON-SALEM OPEN AUGUST 18-24
“Coordinating this national ticket on sale campaign for the Emirates Airline US Open Series events is yet another way to unite the tournaments under the Series brand while also allowing tennis fans around the country access to tickets to all of the major summer hard court events leading up to the US Open,” said J. Wayne Richmond, General Manager of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. “We are excited to leverage the platform of Tennis Night in America to promote the Series. The tournaments have all embraced this initiative.”
The national ticket on sale will be held the day after “Tennis Night in America” on March 4 — featuring the BNP Paribas Showdown from New York’s Madison Square Garden and scheduled to include Serena Williams playing Victoria Azarenka in a rematch of the 2012 US Open Final, followed by Rafael Nadal against Juan Martin del Potro. The initiative will also coincide with thousands of Tennis Festivals across the country during the entire month of March, which are designed to welcome whole families to play tennis at all skill levels and to experience first-hand the way in which tennis is now sized right for children.
Now in its 10th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard-court tennis, linking nine summer tournaments to the US Open. Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova won the 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s and women’s titles. In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history – $2.4 million – for winning the US Open and the Emirates Airline US Open Series titles. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Series, winning $2.2 million – the largest purse in women’s sports history – and equaled that amount in 2010, winning the US Open and finishing the Emirates Airline US Open Series in second place.