Originally Posted by tennischick
...at what point does a player qualify for the bonus? and is it possible for someone to win the USO Grand Slam but not be ranked #1 in the series? anyone? i'm trying to wrap my mind around this.
The US Open itself is not actually included in the series, otherwise Federer would certainly have won it last year. I don't think he even finished in the top 3 (4th?) so didn't get his prize money increased at all.
Given that the USO gives so many points though, I think it's right to leave it out of the series rankings because it would skew the results, and the bonus pool would just become extra prize-money for the USO quarter/semi-finalists (mind you, it did that anyway last year), rather than an incentive for the lower-ranked players who wouldn't expect to reach the last weekend of a Grand Slam.