This week marks the start of the Olympus US Open Series as first round matches start in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlantic Tennis Championships on July 18th. If you're still clinging to the clay court season, you'll be happy to learn the ATP World Tour event in Hamburg, Germany is being played on the red stuff. There's only one women's tournament this week and that's in Baku, Azerbaijan on hard courts. Maybe by the end of the week I'll be able to spell Azerbaijan from memory.
for July 18-24, 2011
ATP World Tour
About - Mardy Fish defeated John Isner in a third set tiebreaker in 2010.
Defending Singles Champion - Mardy Fish
Defending Doubles Champions - Scott Lipsky/Rajeev Ram
Seeded Players -  Mardy Fish,  Kevin Anderson,  John Isner,  Xavier Malisse,  Grigor Dimitrov,  Igor Kunitsyn,  Alex Bogomolov Jr.,  Somdev Devvarman
bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships (Hamburg, Germany)
About - The retractable roof stadium seats 13,200 spectators - making it the largest center court in Germany.
Defending Singles Champion - Andrey Golubev
Defending Doubles Champions - Marc Lopez/David Marrero
Seeded Players (Top 8) -  Gael Monfils,  Jurgen Melzer,  Nicolas Almagro,  Mikhail Youzhny,  Gilles Simon,  Florian Mayer,  Juan Ignacio Chela,  Fernando Verdasco
About - It's the inaugural event in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Seeded Players -  Vera Zvonareva,  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova,  Elena Vesnina,  Ekaterina Makarova,  Monica Niculescu,  Elena Baltacha,  Ksenia Pervak,  Evgeniya Rodina