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Raonic Clinches Emirates Airline US Open Series Men's Title

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Raonic© Getty ImagesMilos Raonic is eligible for the largest prize in tennis history ($4 million) after winning the 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series men's title.

Milos Raonic clinched the 2014 Emirates Airline US Open Series Men’s Bonus Challenge title today after John Isner withdrew from the Winston-Salem Open with a left ankle injury. Raonic will now compete for a $4 million payout, the largest in tennis history at the US Open.

Raonic finished with 280 Bonus Challenge points because of the new provision that rewards players who earn points in at least three Emirates Airline US Open Series events by doubling their Bonus Challenge point total. He won the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. (d. Pospisil), advanced to the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (l. to Federer) and reached the quarter-finals at Rogers Cup in Toronto (l. to F. Lopez).

“It is very exciting to win the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge before heading into the US Open,” Raonic said. “To be a North American winning it is a huge honour for me since one of my results came in my hometown of Toronto. It's a great place to be and now I'm setting my sights on having a great tournament next week in New York. It's been a lot of hard work to get to this point and I'm looking to keep improving my results at the Open.”

The Canadian's potential $4 million paycheck consists of a $3 million prize for winning the US Open and $1 million bonus for winning the title as the Emirates Airline US Open Series champion.

Isner finished in second place in the Series standings for the second consecutive year, with 200 points, after reaching the quarter-finals in Winston-Salem. Isner could have overtaken Raonic for first place by winning the Winston-Salem trophy. Roger Federer clinched third place in the Men’s Bonus Challenge.

Last year, Rafael Nadal won both the Emirates Airline US Open Series title and the US Open, taking home a record $3.6 million – $2.6 million for winning the US Open and an additional $1 million as Emirates Airline US Open Series Champion. In 2007, Roger Federer also accomplished the feat of winning the Emirates Airline US Open Series and US Open singles title within the same year.

Now in its 11th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking eight ATP World Tour and WTA Tour summer tournaments to the US Open. The US Open begins on 25 August.

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