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Isner Controls Destiny, Can Win Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge

Winston-Salem, U.S.A.

Isner© Getty ImagesJohn Isner is undefeated in Winston-Salem.

John Isner has added incentive to reclaim his hometown title this week at the Winston-Salem Open.

Should the 29-year-old American win the ATP World Tour 250 title for a third time, he will finish atop the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge, leaping from No. 5 to No. 1.

Milos Raonic currently holds the top position following a successful three-week stretch in which he won the Citi Open title, reached the Rogers Cup quarter-finals and Western & Southern Open semi-finals.

By earning points at three stops of the five-tournament Emirates Airlines US Open Series, the Canadian also doubled his points total in the Bonus Challenge.

Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge

Place Player Points
1 Milos Raonic (CAN)
2 Roger Federer (SUI)
3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
4 David Ferrer (ESP) 95
5 John Isner (USA)
T6 Julien Benneteau (FRA)
  Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 60
8 Andy Murray (GBR) 50

Isner could also benefit from the same rule, introduced this year. While he currently has 85 points for winning the BB&T Atlanta Open title and reaching the Round of 16 in Cincinnati, he would collect another 70 for winning the Winston-Salem crown. Double that, and he’ll have 310 points to Raonic’s 280.

The Greensboro native finished second in the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge last year. He has a 10-0 record in Winston-Salem, winning the first two editions of the tournament in 2011-12.

The top three finishers in the Bonus Challenge will receive Bonus Prize Money up to $1 million based on their performance at the US Open

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